Stories for April 2010


Friday, April 30

Key Tech cautiously optimistic about 2-Q profit

A profitable second quarter for Key Technology Inc. may be a sign of economic recovery. But officials with the Walla Walla manufacturing firm remain cautious amid an increasingly competitive market.

Etcetera - 04/30/10

A group of women gather from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays at Christ Lutheran Church to assemble quilts for their missions program.

City should accept low bid for landfill work despite legal concerns

The bid, even after it is corrected, is still less than other bidders. Making the change does not give the low bidder an unfair advantage.

The Walla Walla City Council this week questioned why the city attorney recommended it reject the lowest bidder for work at the Sudbury Landfill.

Jason John Sartin Gentry

Feb. 22, 1977

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Vote for change in Umatilla County

Headlines in the East Oregonian April 8 stated "Fair manager pay raises questions." That is an understatement. We seem to have a major problem in how our Umatilla County commissioners do business.

Snazzed-up shop increases to 30 vendors

What's old will be new again when the Country Store Consignment Center re-opens for business Saturday.

Full weekend in works for Spring Release

From tasting to special events, busy times are forecast for the long weekend.

WALLA WALLA -- The buzz on Spring Release: It's going to be a busy weekend.

Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market poised for kickoff

The weekly market at Fourth Avenue and Main Street starts up for the year Saturday at 9 a.m.

WALLA WALLA -- Growers, artisans and food vendors will kick off the Farmers' Market on Saturday.

Immigration-reform march set on lawmaker's Walla Walla office

The demonstration will start at Jefferson Park and end near the downtown offices of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

WALLA WALLA -- Local residents looking to voice support for comprehensive immigration reform can participate in a march from Jefferson Park to the office of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Saturday.

Big trucks roll into Edison Elementary for fundraiser

The rally and carnival Saturday will feature a fire truck, ambulance, cement mixer, crane and other vehicles.

WALLA WALLA -- Edison Elementary will hold its second Big Truck Rally and Carnival Saturday to raise money for its PTA.

College Place teen pleads guilty to robbing truck driver

Robert L. DeLeon faces 103-129 weeks in confinement after his guilty plea to a first-degree robbery charge.

WALLA WALLA -- A 16-year-old youth pleaded guilty this morning to robbing a delivery truck driver in February behind Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts in Eastgate.

Talk at Whitman College takes long view on economic woes

A former Treasury official delved into the current recession to what he sees as its 19th-century roots.

As students and faculty found their seats in a packed Olin Hall auditorium Thursday night, the spare change that jingled in their purses and wallets likely felt a little more valuable than usual.

High-tech sniffers have come a long way over the years

The last time I went to Nevada, I stood on the edge of an enormous open-pit mine at noon. The whistle blew. Then the pit erupted in explosive power enough to make the Earth rumble.


Death, in the form of Washington State Patrol Tropper Rocky Miller dressed as the grim reaper, walks the WaHi commons during the lunch hour to take another victim during the school-wide Every 15-Minutes program Wednesday. Miller said he has been dressing up to take students out of class during the program for many years as a way to increase awareness about the effects of drinking and driving.

Program puts grim face on drunken driving

'Every 15 Minutes' sought to drive home the lesson: Drinking, driving don't mix.

WALLA WALLA -- The Grim Reaper paid an unexpected visit to Walla Walla High School this week, walking into classrooms and fetching victims throughout a day.

Professor's talk peppered with lessons for life, work

Professor and author Pepper Schwartz's Thursday night talk focused on dating and sexuality in society.

WALLA WALLA -- Sex-ed class was in session Thursday night at Whitman College, but this lesson wasn't spoiled by immature snickering or rude jokes.

Walla Walla police warn of counterfeit cops

Drivers are cautioned that someone driving a car with emergency-style lights and possibly a siren has been pulling over cars.

WALLA WALLA -- Authorities are cautioning drivers about possible contact by unmarked law enforcement vehicles following a series of complaints over the weekend.

Emergency Services - 04/30/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Kaleb Ely Ownby, 18, 1124 W. Pine St., was sentenced April 26 on one count failure to register as a sex offender.

State Reps. Maureen Walsh and Terry Nealey see ongoing budget battle

State Reps. Maureen Walsh and Terry Nealey talked state politics during a joint visit in Walla Walla this week.

WALLA WALLA -- Two local state representatives see a continuing battle in state budgeting in the coming year, with concerns about the next budget hole being even bigger.State Reps. Maureen Walsh, R-College Place, and Terry Nealey, R-Dayton, were in Walla

Wa-Hi track athletes impressive on home field

The Blue Devil boys win three dual meets and the girls pick up two at Martin Field Thursday.

WALLA WALLA — A cold, blustery afternoon did not deter the Wa-Hi tracksters here in a Columbia Basin Big Nine track and field meet at Martin Field Thursday.The Blue Devil boys took home three dual wins — defeating Eisenhower 101-44, Kamiakin 86-59, and Mo

DeSales softball team 10-runs Tri-Cities Prep

DeSales picks up the 11-1 victory behind Ashlyn Lyons' four innings of one-hit pitching in the make-up game from Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA — Ali Zander and Amanda Warnick picked up two hits each and Ashlyn Lyons pitched four innings of one-hit ball Thursday afternoon as DeSales knocked off Tri-Cities Prep 11-1 in non-league prep softball play on the Irish campus.

Helix takes tennis victories from Pendleton JV, Mac-Hi

MILTON-FREEWATER — Helix won a 6-4 tennis decision with Mac-Hi here Thursday.'What appeared to be a horrible weather day for tennis ended being not so bad,” Mac-Hi coach Michelle Snyder said. 'It was a fun night of tennis.”

Walla Walla University's Student Missions Half-Marathon canceled

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University's Student Missions Half-Marathon fundraiser scheduled to benefit the Student Missions emergency fund and help future and current student missions slated for May 9 has been canceled.For more information, email student

Walla Walla Babe Ruth to have baseball tryouts Sunday

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Babe Ruth Baseball will be having an additional tryout Sunday at 1 p.m. at Howard Tietan Park.

DeSales' Duncan verbally commits to play basketball at Walla Walla Community College

WALLA WALLA — DeSales senior Caitlin Duncan has made a verbal commitment to play basketball at Walla Walla Community College, Warriors coach Bobbi Hazeltine said.

DEATH NOTICE - Deloris Irving

Nov. 4, 1922 - April 29, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Virginia Lucas

Jan. 17, 1942- April 28, 2010

Thursday, April 29

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Obesity may gobble up ability to make war

While walking on the treadmill at the YMCA, I looked up to see the Cafferty File on CNN. Jack was his ironic, semi-angry self. This time because a recent study showed that "3/4 of our young people are too fat to fight."

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - More than polite banter needed

The Union-Bulletin is absolutely correct (Threats against political leaders can't be tolerated, April 13). However, such threats are unlawful and perpetrators are arrested and charged.

Supreme Court needs to be mor accessible

Allowing audio and video brodcasts will help the public's understanding and won't hurt the court's proceedings.

The Founding Fathers did a great job when they set up a system of checks and balances on the government.

Marquee: The Little Theatre of Walla Walla presents 'Into the Woods'

The cast and crew of The Little Theatre's "Into the Woods" are ready for an audience. After eight weeks of intensive rehearsals, the musical will open 8 p.m. Friday.

Early pioneer woman portrayed at museum

This week's Living History presentation at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, brings to life early pioneer woman Nancy Emily Estes Wiseman.

Wa-Hi's 'Oz' opens Tuesday

The Walla Walla High School Drama Department production of "The Wizard of Oz" will open with a 7 p.m. curtain May 6 in the Walla Walla High School Performing Arts Auditorium, 800 Abbott Road.

Predictably prolific Picoult puts out page-turners

Do you wait impatiently for the next book from a favorite author? If Jodi Picoult happens to be your favorite, you usually don't have long to wait. She has faithfully delivered an average of a book each year since 1992 to her loyal readers.

Whitman dancers present 'More Gory Gorey'

Whitman Dance Theater, directed by Vicki Lloid, will present "More Gory Gorey and other dances" 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, in Cordiner Hall, 46 S. Park St., Whitman College campus. Admission is free.

New at the library

In just seven years -- from 1950 through 1956 -- Grace Kelly embarked on a whirlwind career that included roles in 11 movies.

Spoonhower shows art at Suncatcher Studio

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Works by artist Cesca Spoonhower will show at Suncatcher Studio, 508 N. Main St., during May. A reception is planned for 1-3 p.m. May 8. The Blue Mountain Photo Club will also have a featured photographer for the month of May.

Interpretive center offers events for visitors in May

BAKER CITY, Ore. -- The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is offering several living history presentations and interactive opportunities for visitors during the month of May.

Theater company seeks cast, crew for 'A Fabulous Night'

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Golden Garter Theatre Co. seeks actors, singers, dancers, musicians and technicians ages 16 and up for the production "A Fabulous Night." This will be a live theatrical production featuring greatest hits from 100 years ago.

Need seen for Milton-Freewater school resource officer

A group working on crime prevention in the city also sees a need for increased funds for prevention programs.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- A small group of residents, social service workers and members of the Umatilla County Commission on Children and Families have identified two strategies to divert at-risk children from becoming part of the juvenile justice system.

Check 'em out: New wineries to open for Spring Release

Looking for something new to check out during Spring Release weekend?

Longtime teacher, coach 'never really retired'

B.L. 'Bud' Bowman is remembered for decades of service in and outside the classroom.

WALLA WALLA -- B.L. "Bud" Bowman enjoyed working so much, he continued to work well after retirement. Even 10 years after his formal retirement from education, Bowman kept busy, finding work that tapped his many passions.


Under a heavily flowered white dogwood tree, Jose Vasquez walks Penrose Avenue en-route to visit a "home boy" Wednesday morning.

Etcetera - 04/29/10

A community dedication of a tree in memory of the late Aleta "Sally" Saxon and husband Virgil and a memorial celebration of life will be 2 p.m. May 8, just behind the Garden Center in Pioneer Park. A reception will follow at the Garden Center, where those

Bid dispute stalls Sudbury Landfill deal

The low bidder has been recommended for rejection because of an aspect missing from its proposal.

WALLA WALLA -- A landfill contract award was tabled Wednesday night after a majority of Council members questioned why the city attorney recommened the Council reject the lowest bid.

'Changing Hearts, Changing Minds' to be presented

WALLA WALLA -- "Changing Hearts, Changing Minds" will be presented at Planned Parenthood on Monday at 7 p.m. at 828 S. First Ave.

Good Samaritan Ministries plans garage sale for Saturday

WALLA WALLA -- Good Samaritan Ministries will hold its annual Great Garage Sale Saturday on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Rose Street. The sale will benefit the local outreach and international ministry work in Nigeria.

Umatilla Tribes director Don Sampson resigns

MISSION -- Don Sampson is resigning after seven years as executive director for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Pair of county Planning Commission slots filled

WALLA WALLA -- Two Walla Walla County Planning Commission vacancies were filled by commissioners this week. After interviews, commissioners selected Michelle Liberty to fill the position left vacant by the death of Tim Martin. Her term will run through Ma

Emergency Services - 04/29/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Former Senate chaplain brings message of listening

The Rev. Lloyd J. Ogilvie will speak at a Walla Walla church over the weekend.

WALLA WALLA -- It is "listening" that has shaped the life and ministry of the former U.S. Senate chaplain who will address a local Christian leadership conference this weekend. Listening to people -- and listening to God.

On the agenda - Weston Council

When: Friday, 5 p.m.Where: City Hall, 114 E. Main.

Blue Devils split with Eisenhower in Big Nine baseball action

Blue Devils experience ‘kissing your sister'

WALLA WALLA — Baseball folklore says splitting a doubleheader is 'like kissing your sister.”Wa-Hi split a Cascade Division baseball double dip with Eisenhower here Wednesday in a make-up of Tuesday's rainout.The Blue Devils overcame a 2-0 deficit to pound

Walla Walla Community College sweeps Big Bend in baseball

The Warriors remain in the playoff hunt with 2-1 and 6-5 victories over Big Bend Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA — Solid pitching, clutch hitting and the help of a triple play led the Walla Walla Community College Warriors to a baseball sweep of the Big Bend Vikings, 2-1 and 6-5, here Wednesday afternoon."If we're going to stay in the hunt of the playoff

Waitsburg-Prescott boys win Blue Mountain Track Meet

DeSales hosted the Wednesday meet.

WALLA WALLA — Waitsburg-Prescott won the boys side of a Blue Mountain Track Meet here Wednesday.DeSales hosted the four-school District 9 meet at Martin Field.

Pitching powers Irrigon past Weston-McEwen softball

ATHENA — Noelle Wright pitched nine shutout innings and scored the winning run as Irrigon edged Weston-McEwen 1-0 here Wednesday afternoon in a Blue Mountain Conference softball game.The league-leading Knights pushed their BMC record to 8-1 with the victo

Eastern Oregon University takes two softball games from Walla Walla University Wolves

LA GRANDE — Walla Walla University's softball team lost two games to Eastern Oregon University here Wednesday.The Wolves lost the first game 10-1 in five innings. They lost the seven-inning second game, 4-0.Walla Walla combined for seven errors in the two

Walla Walla Valley Academy's Opara sweeps sprints at Colfax track meet

COLFAX — Walla Walla Valley Academy's Chinonso Opara swept the sprints here Wednesday at Colfax High School in a seven-school Class B track and field meet.The Knights senior won the 100 meters in 11.3 seconds, placed first in the 200 in 23.20 and crossed

Weston-McEwen TigerScots drop baseball game to Irrigon

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen dropped a single baseball game to Irrigon here Wednesday.The TigerScots lost, 11-5.'Defensively, we had a breakdown again,” said Weston-McEwen coach T.J. Haguewood. 'We had too many errors, and we're not a good enough team offensive

Waitsburg-Prescott's Potter left off Blue Mountain Sports Awards list

WALLA WALLA — Stacy Potter, a senior on last spring's Waitsburg-Prescott track and field team, was inadvertently omitted from the list of athletes under consideration for this year's Blue Mountain Sports Awards Female Athlete of the Year.Potter qualified

Wednesday, April 28

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Democrats march country toward Hitler's Germany

I rather doubt this will be printed, but here goes. I am totally appalled that a Navy SEAL doing his "job" is on trial in Baghdad for punching a terrorist.

Commission must get debt under control

We should sing the praises of these 18 individuals now, because they have taken on a truly thankless task.

It's a sad state of affairs when our elected representatives can approve adding another $1.9 trillion to the nation's debt limit and the majority of people don't even flinch any more.


The foothills of the Blue Mountains live up to their name as the cloudy remnants of a day full of rain pass by, leaving greening wheat and vines off Hood Road a morning full of sun. (CAN YOU FIND THE TRUCK IN THE PHOTO?)

A REASON TO HOPE - Gala marks spring's entrance for advocate

Spring made its official entrance March 20. I don't know about you, but I am just beginning to smell and feel the signs of spring.


When: Thursday, 7 p.m. Where: City Hall, 215 S. Currant


When: Thursday, 7 p.m. Where: Board Room

Emergency Services - 04/28/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Tony Campolo to appear at WWU events Friday, Saturday

COLLEGE PLACE - Walla Walla University will host its annual "The Weekend," Friday and Saturday. This year's theme is "Revolutionary Love," and includes several events:

Columbia County prosecutor plans run for re-election

DAYTON -- Columbia County Prosecutor Rea Culwell has announced she is seeking re-election. Culwell was elected to her first term in 2006.

Dixie School District voters approve two-year levy

DIXIE -- Dixie School District voters approved a two-year maintenance and operation levy for $222,176 each year by a vote of 110 yes to 64 no, or 63 percent approval rate in Tuesday's special election.

Levy failure to shutter Prescott pool

The landslide defeat comes after a narrower defeat in November.

PRESCOTT -- It will be a long hot summer for youth in Prescott, with the failure of a second attempt to fund the swimming pool and park activities.

Whitman senior's talk focuses on self-injury by students

A Whitman College student will discuss her research this evening at a local National Alliance on Mental Illness meeting.

WALLA WALLA -- College and young adulthood in general are very often a time of high anxiety. Parental, academic and societal expectations are rising, but control of one's life is not.

College Place officers honored for year's work

Sgt. Todd Smith was named Employee of the Year, and two other officers were singled out for high arrest totals.

COLLEGE PLACE -- Three members of the College Place Police were honored Monday for outstanding work last year.

Etcetera - 04/28/10

Teachers and administrators are at risk of a drenching -- all in good run -- during Grove Elementary School's carnival from 5-7 p.m. April 30. The community is encouraged to attend the annual event, which will include a dunk tank for faculty.

Thais Thrasher Sadoyama

July 25, 1930 ~ April 22, 2010

In the minutes - DAYTON COUNCIL

Members of the City Council are Christine Broughton, Kathy Berg, Merle Jackson, Terry Herrin, Charlie Button and Bill Graham. Mayor is Craig George. One seat is vacant. With all present Monday the council:

Charles Western Sr.

Feb. 8, 1928 - April 24, 2010

Terry Myrick-Fricke

Oct. 31, 1944 - April 24, 2010

April is a good month to explore the Oregon Coast

Walla Walla U-B columnist Don Davis enjoys less crowds and popular attractions at the Oregon Coast.

NEWPORT, Ore. — April is the coolest month.It's a time of wind, rain and sunshine, with modest crowds at the popular attractions on the Oregon Coast. And that's cool.So, wind buffeted the car as we tooled south on Highway 101. Yet, frequent sunshine broke

Wa-Hi hurdler Garrett Gerling is setting records on and off the track.

Gerling is currently ranked No. 1 in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles in the state.

WALLA WALLA — A few weeks ago, Garrett Gerling broke a few school records.The Wa-Hi senior ran the 100-meter hurdles in 14.38 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 38.09 April 17 at the Pasco Invite track meet.Both times broke school records as well as set seaso

Wa-Hi boys win pod golf match, wrap up fourth place in Big Nine

WENATCHEE — Wa-Hi's 1-2 scoring punch of Drew Reinland and Jake Hanson powered the Blue Devils to their first Big Nine Conference pod-match victory of the boys spring golf season here Tuesday at Three Lakes Golf Course.The Blue Devils victory wrapped up p

Rain washes out most of Tuesday's prep sports schedule

Wa-Hi's home baseball twin bill against Eisenhower is among the local events rained out.

WALLA WALLA — Rain washed out most of Tuesday's prep sports schedule, including Wa-Hi's home baseball doubleheader against Eisenhower.Weather permitting, the Blue Devils and the Cadets were scheduled to make up the twin bill this afternoon at Murr Field,

Wa-Hi Blue Devils see two Eisenhower Cadet teams in sweep

Wa-Hi's softball team remains undefeated after a 27-4 romp is followed by a 3-0 squeaker at Ike.

YAKIMA — Wa-Hi didn't lose any respect for Eisenhower after cake-walking to a 27-4 victory over the Cadets here Tuesday in the first game of a Big Nine Conference Cascade Division softball doubleheader.And that was a good thing, too, because the Blue Devi

Whitman alumni hand Reapers 22-17 rugby defeat

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College Reapers rugby club hosted its alumni in the season-closing match last weekend, with the alums taking a 22-17 decision.The first period saw the alumni open the scoring with an unconverted try by fullback Charlie Wyman.

Helix, Weston-McEwen tennis players manage to play five matches

HELIX — Helix and Weston-McEwen finished five tennis matches here Tuesday before the rain started.Helix won 4-1, sweeping in boys singles.

Wa-Hi hosting track showdown at Martin Field

WALLA WALLA — Eisenhower, Moses Lake and Kamiakin are thundering into town.Wa-Hi track is hosting the three schools in a Thursday meet at Martin Field that promises stiff competition.Joining Blue Devils Garrett Gerling, Jamie Weisner and Brandon Porter, t

Pomeroy's boys golf past rain storm

WALLA WALLA — Most of the groups in a prep golf tournament at Veterans Memorial Golf Course beat Tuesday's downpour.DeSales hosted the four-school matchup. The Irish boys and girls both placed second.Pomeroy won the boys match, but DeSales' Ryan Baumgart

Wa-Hi boys soccer team edges Sunnyside, 3-2

SUNNYSIDE — Wa-Hi's boys soccer team remained atop the Big Nine Conference standings Tuesday with a 3-2 victory over Sunnyside.The Blue Devils improved to 10-2 in league games and are one game ahead of Davis, which nipped Southridge 1-0 in overtime on the

Wa-Hi grad Holt wins NWC pole vault title for PLU

SPOKANE — Wa-Hi graduate and Pacific Lutheran University athlete Chester Holt won a jump-off in the pole vault event to win the event at the Northwest Conference track and field meet at Whitworth College's Boppell Track last weekend.

Dayton golfers compete at Canyon Lakes; Tri-Cities Prep girls victorious

KENNEWICK — Dayton's girls carded a 318 and the boys were incomplete at Canyon Lakes here Tuesday.Tri-Cities Prep's girls won on the par-36 nine holes, at 274. Liberty Christian was incomplete, placing Dayton at second.Prep claimed the top three spots, in

DEATH NOTICE - Louis Ruzicka Jr.

June 1, 1925 - April 27, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Rachel Harmon

March 16, 1918 - April 27, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - James Brain

Jan. 1, 1914 - April 25, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - LaVerne Demaris

April 26, 2010

Tuesday, April 27

RECIPE - Pizza with rainbow chard, goat cheese and egg?

Try it ... you'll like it -- and find you have egg on your face for thinking you wouldn't.

Seems you can't order a pizza these days without someone having cracked an egg in the center.Not being particularly partial to runny eggs (the idea is that the egg white cooks on top of the pizza, but the yolk stays runny, creating a sort of sauce for the

His and hers: Five questions, more or less, for Pepper Schwartz

Sheila Hagar and freelance writer Andrew Holt quiz the relationship expert.

With the anticipated arrival of relationship guru and online dating expert Pepper Schwartz for a Whitman College presentation at 7 p.m. on Thursday, I decided to explore some questions that have been milling around in my head.Many of you know I am now "un

Good Samaritan Ministries to hold yearly Great Garage Sale

WALLA WALLA -- Good Samaritan Ministries will hold its annual Great Garage Sale Saturday only on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Rose Street.The sale will benefit the local outreach and international ministry work in Nigeria. Good Samaritan Ministries, 23

Camp Fire USA local summer program registration Monday

WALLA WALLA -- Registration for Camp Fire USA summer program begins Monday. Super Summer in the Park is an outdoor recreational day camp at Wildwood Park for 10 weeks, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays Activities include swimming, bowling, art project

Former US Senate chaplain to speak at First Presbyterian

WALLA WALLA -- Dr. Lloyd J. Ogilvie, former chaplain of the U.S. Senate and author of 52 books, will speak at First Presbyterian Church, 325 S. First St., at a free conference at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.Ogilvie's topic Friday will be "Knowing Christ."

Ingle Chapel inside yard, baked goods sale slated

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Ingle Chapel's annual indoor yard and baked goods sale will be Thursday-Saturday at 85372 Highway 339 from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturday.Proceeds will go to church improvements and to community pro

St. Mary's to offer free skin cancer screening on May 4

WALLA WALLA -- A free screening for skin cancer will be May 4, 5-7 p.m., at the Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center.The screening is a cooperative event offered by the Cancer Center and Walla Walla Clinic dermatologists Dr. Jeffrey Stiles and Dr. F

FED UP! weight loss group for women will meet May 4

WALLA WALLA -- The monthly women's weight-loss and accountability group FED UP! will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 4 at The Church of God -- Seventh Day, 3382 Braden Road, off of Plaza Way.Soup and salad will be served. Call 509-525-2252 for details.

HOME PLACE - In widows' eyes, husbands take on sheen of perfection

It's true, Mary and I decided last week. The two of us have become Marriage Nags. Almost officially -- we lack only bumper stickers.Before I explain, have I told you about Mary? She's worth hearing about. This woman, who seems unassuming by nature, called

Whitman student's documentary sheds light on lives of indigenous women of Mexico

WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla native and soon-to-be Whitman College graduate will be presenting Wednesday an original documentary on the lives of indigenous women in Mexico.

Rainy hop, skip and jump

Dressed in his green JROTC uniform, Lincoln High School senior Jonathon Trejo takes a quick step across Chestnut Street as a passing car yields in steady rain Tuesday morning.

In the minutes - Garfield County

Garfield County commissioners are Dean Burton, Wynne McCabe and Robert Johnson. With all present Monday Commissioners:

In the minutes - Columbia County

Columbia County Commissioners are Chuck Reeves, Dwight Robanske and Dick Jones. With all present Monday night:

In the minutes - College Place Council

College Place City Council members are Mayor Rick Newby, William Jenkins, Alexander Scott, Marge Nyhagen, Bernie Yanke, Larry Dickerson, Steve Dickerson and Scott Duncan. With Jenkins and Dickerson absent, the council voted as follows at its Monday meetin

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

Walla Walla County Commissioners are Greg Tompkins, Perry Dozier and Gregg Loney. Commissioners voted as follows at their Monday meeting:

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Catholic Church will survive persecution

Not satisfied with vilifying the Catholic Church, anti-Catholics, intent on bringing down the church, now want to depose Pope Benedict XVI, a very holy, capable, sincere and loving person.

NFL, business right to uphold conduct policy

THere's a big difference between a court of law and a court of public opinion

The six-game suspension of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger provides a perfect illustration of the difference between a court of law and a court of public opinion.

ASK MOM - Anorexic teen needs Mom to believe in her

Dear Mom:My 15-year-old daughter was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa about a month ago. My husband and I have been sick with worry about her, watching everything she puts in her mouth from morning to night.

Dating expert to speak at Whitman College

Pepper Schwartz, a University of Washington sociology professor and author, is one of the people behind

WALLA WALLA -- Dating and relationship guru Pepper Schwartz will speak Thursday evening at Whitman College.

Emergency Services - 04/27/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Live music on tap at Le Chateau Winery

Le Chateau Winery will showcase a new event room, as well as its award-winning wines, during Spring Release this weekend.

On the agenda - Walla WAlla City Council

WHEN: Wednesday, 7 p.m.WHERE: 15 N. Third Ave.

Etcetera - 04/27/10

McLaughlin Union High School Class of 1980's 30-year reunion committee is on the lookout for several classmates. They're hoping as many as possible will be able to enjoy the activities planned for early August. The first event will be 7:30-11 p.m. Aug 6 a

Lyle Helfer

March 2, 1920 - April 25, 2010

Wa-Hi girls 9th at Vets pod match

WALLA WALLA — The Wa-Hi girls golf team placed ninth of 15 teams at a Big Nine pod match here Tuesday.The girls shot a combined 415 at Veteran's Memorial Course, led by Kylar Boggs' 93 on the par 72 course.'As a coach, I couldn't be happier with the progr

Dayton sweeps Liberty Christian softball

RICHLAND — Dayton swept Liberty Christian in a softball doubleheader here Monday.The Bulldogs won the first game 10-1 and the second 13-7 in Class 2B Southeast action.It was an improvement on the field, said assistant coach Des Jones.

Walla Walla Community College men fourth at golf invite

SPOKANE — Walla Walla Community College's men moved up one spot from the first round to finish fourth as the Bigfoot Invite finished up at Hangman Valley Monday.Host Spokane won the men's side of the tournament, finishing with a 562 total. Bellevue was se

Monday, April 26

Showing horses passed down, daughter to mom

That might sound backward, but many mothers take the reins when their daughters hang them up.

WALLA WALLA -- Soccer moms step aside, show moms are stepping up in the saddle."I have been a show mom for 20 years. There were many shows where I made sure she was on her horse ready. Now she helps me get ready," Debbie Ragan, 49, of Sagle, Idaho, said,

American Quarter Horse Association show trots to a wrap

Scores of horses and their people were on hand for a four-day American Quarter Horse Association show.

WALLA WALLA -- The biggest and oldest American Quarter Horse Association show in the region wrapped up Sunday at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds.

Alumni gather as Harper Joy Theatre turns 50

A reunion of Harper Joy Theatre alumni drew those from inside and outside the industry to reminisce and reconnect.

WALLA WALLA -- Cornelia Twitchell, Whitman College class of 1974, has worked around the country as a prop master, stage manager and stagehand, and she credits her passion for theater to her experiences as a student at Harper Joy Theatre.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Bardsley creates Twilight Zone in Walla Walla

Apparently, neither David Schmaltz nor anyone else is entitled to an opinion if it differs from Roberta Bardsley's. Nor is one entitled to admire someone whom she does not admire. (Twilight Zone? Read on.)

Play a lift for Lincoln Alternative High School students

The LIFT program has brought theater arts to the alternative high school, and a production of 'Anon(ymous)' will be staged Friday.

WALLA WALLA -- A group of Lincoln Alternative High School students took to the stage of the performing arts theater at Walla Walla Community College last week.

Income tax on rich would hurt this state

It could drive the wealthy out of Washington and, over time, the tax could be imposed on middle-income earners.

A state income tax -- even if it's directed at only the rich -- isn't likely to be approved by the people.

Etcetera - 04/26/10

Walla Walla School District parents Gary and Terri Hanson organized a successful Walla Walla High School Golf Teams Fundraiser Scramble March 26. The effort raised about $8,500 to support the Girls and Boys golf teams.

LETTERS FROM AFGHANISTAN - In Afghanistan, money drives action

To cross the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, the people are required to have a passport on their person. If they don't have a passport for whatever reason, a bribe can be given. In this case, the police simply take the money, look the other way, and allow th

Washington State Patrol accepting applications for youth camp

The Washington State Patrol is accepting applications for its WSP-Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Career Camp.

Former U.S. Senate chaplain to speak, preach in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA -- First Presbyterian Church, 325 S. First Ave., will present Lloyd Ogilvie at a conference entitled "Knowing Christ and Making Him Known" at 7 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday at the church. He will also preach at the church's 9:01 and 10:31 a

Documentary to be shown about lives of undocumented youths

WALLA WALLA -- Students in the Whitman College Latino Club are working with Walla Walla High School Latino Club members to present a screening "Papers," a documentary film tracking the lives of undocumented youths.

Walla Walla County-WSU Extension to host hay seminar Thursday

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County-WSU Extension office will host a seminar for hay and alfalfa growers Thursday.

Milton-Freewater School District to hold budget committee meeting

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Milton-Freewater School District will hold a budget committee meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Tea Party Patriots to meet Tuesday in Milton-Freewater

MILTON FREEWATER -- The Milton-Freewater Tea Party Patriots will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at American Legion Hall, 424 N.E. Eighth Ave.

BIRTHS - Isela Lynn Nunez

To Shannon Arterburn and Luis Nunez, Walla Walla, a daughter, Isela Lynn Nunez, 6 pounds 7 ounces , April 14, 2010.

On the agenda - Dayton Council

When: Today, 7 p.m. Where: City Hall, 111 S. First St.

Emergency Services - 04/26/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

DEATH NOTICE - Bannie Bowman

June 14, 1933 - April 25, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Ruby Heitzmann

Sept. 24, 1933 - April 24, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Charles Western

Feb. 8, 1928 - April 24, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Carl Henderson

April 14, 1925 - April 21, 2010

Rowena Danielson

Jan. 13, 1918 - April 19, 2010

Glenn Arthur Siron, Sr.

February 14, 1929 ~ April 20, 2010

Betty Young

December 15, 1950 - February 16, 2010

Sunday, April 25

On the agenda - Milton-Freewater City Council

When: Monday 7 p.m.Where: 8 S.W. Eighth Ave., Public Library Albee Room.

On the agenda - Columbia County

When: Monday, 7 p.m.Where: Commissioner Room, Courthouse.

On the agenda - College Place

When: 7 p.m. Monday.Where: College Place City Hall, 625 S. College Ave.

Whitman baseball sinks as Menlo hits eight homers

ATHERTON, Calif. — The Whitman offense pounded out 24 hits here Saturday in a non-conference baseball doubleheader.But Menlo answered the Whitman barrage with power, as the Oaks crushed eight home runs in sweeping the doubleheader.Menlo took the opener 17

34th Blue Mountain Sports Awards slated May 19

Nominees from high schools and colleges in the U-B's circulation are part of the evening.

WALLA WALLA — The 34th annual Blue Mountain Sports Awards ceremony has been scheduled for May 19 at the Walla Walla Elks Lodge, with festivities scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.The event is free of charge and open to the public.The sports awards are held annu

Whitman College senior Matt Solomon's tennis run ends in Ojai

OJAI, Calif. — Whitman College senior Matt Solomon won his second-round singles match Friday afternoon, but his run through the NCAA Division III singles bracket at the 110th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament came to an end Saturday afternoon.After starting S

Whitman's Solomon named NWC tennis Player of Year

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College senior Matt Solomon has been named Northwest Conference Player of the Year for men's tennis for the second time in three seasons.Voting prior to last weekend's annual postseason tournament, NWC coaches made Solomon the leadin

Whitman women, coach earn All-NWC tennis honors

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College junior Elise Otto and first-year teammate Alyssa Roberg have earned spots on the All-Northwest Conference first team for women's tennis.Coaches voted for all-conference honors as they met for last weekend's NWC post-season to

Warriors win three of four softball games

WWCC splits with Spokane on Friday, but posts two big wins against Big Bend in Saturday fastpitch action.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College claimed three of four softball games over two NWAACC East Region rivals here Friday and Saturday.The Warriors split with Spokane, winning 6-3 and losing 10-4, then blasting Big Bend 13-5 and 11-3 in a shortened

Whitman women golfers in fourth after first round of NWC's

PORTLAND — With first-year golfer Taylor Head shooting 81 (one stroke off the lead), a young Whitman women's golf squad shot its best team-score of the season and was in fourth place after Saturday's opening round of the Northwest Conference Championships

Goaltending pushes Wa-Hi soccer team to 1-0 win

Wa-Hi keeper Andrew Glaeser makes six saves in regulation, as the Blue Devils win 1-0 over Eisenhower.

WALLA WALLA — A scoreless eighty minutes went into double overtime for Wa-Hi soccer here Saturday.The Blue Devils won 1-0 over Eisenhower with a 4-2 shootout score.Wa-Hi goalie Andrew Glaeser had eight saves in the game, with two coming during the shootou

Pitching leads Wa-Hi softball to sweep

Wa-Hi's Hope Klicker and Alyson Ambler allow West Valley one run and six hits in two games Friday.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's softball team donated over $1,300 to breast cancer research in honor of cancer survivor Carol Peterson here Friday when they took to the field ranked No. 1 in state 4A softball standings.They kept the unbeaten streak alive at 13-0 wi

Touchet hurlers allow no hits in softball doubleheader win

LA CROSSE — Megan Reed and Nicole Brown pitched back-to-back no-hitters for Touchet on the way to blanking LaCrosse-Washtucna twice, 10-0 and 15-0, here Saturday.'It was pretty special to have back-to-back no hitters,” Touchet coach Gary Dorman said. 'We'

Waitsburg-Prescott takes baseball twinbill from Dayton

PRESCOTT — Waitsburg-Prescott pummeled Dayton's baseball squad, taking 12-0 and 16-6 victories here Saturday.W-P pitcher Joe Purdin threw a one-hitter in game one.'Joe threw real well,” W-P coach Dennis Snedigar said. 'He has been our workhorse for us thi

Pomeroy baseball drops two to Liberty Christian Saturday

RICHLAND — The Pirates dropped two games to Liberty Christian here Saturday.The team has three seniors and two juniors. The rest of the players are sophomores, freshman and eighth graders, Pomeroy head coach Dave Boyer said.

Weston-McEwen splits Saturday softball twinbill with Heppner

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen's softball squad played near perfection for all but one inning in a Saturday home doubleheader with Heppner. But that inning was enough to negate a TigerScot sweep, as the two teams split the Blue Mountain League doubleheader 14-0 a

Waitsburg-Prescott softball sweeps Dayton Saturday

PRESCOTT — Waitsburg-Prescott brought out the big bats against the visiting Bulldogs here Saturday in a softball doubleheader, scoring 23 runs in nine innings in a Southeast 2B sweep of Dayton.W-P downed the Bulldogs 13-6 and 10-5.

Gerling, Porter take firsts for Wa-Hi at Saturday invite

HERMISTON — Wa-Hi competed here Saturday in the 25th Hermiston Kiwanis Invitational track and field meet.The Blue Devil boys finished fourth and the girls came home sixth with 18 teams competing in both boys and girls events.The Blue Devil boys were led b

Helix tennis players busy with Friday and Saturday matches

HELIX — Tyler Bushman and Dakota Brown took sixth place with a 3-1 record in a league tournament in Hermiston Saturday.The boys played in Hermiston and the girls in Stanfield.Deidra Nitz went 1-1 and Jackie Hart went 0-2 in their matches Saturday.Benn For

Weston-McEwen drops two games in Saturday baseball play

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen dropped a diamond dyad here Saturday to Blue Mountain League rival Heppner. Both games went the distance before the TigerScots succumbed 6-2 and 8-5.Both pitchers went the distance in game one. Justin Gutierrez threw a four-hitter,

$n$ Columbia Basin College sweeps WWCC in two Saturday baseball games

PASCO — Walla Walla Community College fell victim to the winds that blew through game one and its own five errors in the game two, losing a twinbill to Columbia Basin, 14-4 and 10-6.The Hawks took advantage of an outfield-aiming 25-mph wind to hit five ho

Mac-Hi holds off La Grande for doubleheader softball sweep

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi won both games of a softball doubleheader against La Grande here Friday.The Pioneers won the first game 7-1 and the second 3-2.They improved to 11-5 overall and 3-3 in league play.

Lady Pirates drop two to Liberty Christian in softball action Saturday

RICHLAND – Pomeroy gave Liberty Christian too many extra chances here Saturday in 2B softball action.The Pirates were undone by 18 errors on the day as the Patriots posted 11-1 and 17-7 victories.

Wa-Hi rallies in two baseball games, wins one

YAKIMA — Walla Walla rallied from four-run deficits in two games against West Valley here Friday in Cascade Division baseball play, but only garnered a win in game two.The Blue Devils fell 5-4 in game one, then battered the Rams 11-4 in the nightcap.Matt

Yakima sweeps WWCC in Thursday baseball

YAKIMA — Tyson Hubbard's two-run home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Yakima to a 10-8 victory over Walla Walla in the first game of an NWAACC Eastern Division baseball doubleheader here Thursday.It also set the tone for the seco

Whitman fourth after 1st round of NWC golf tournament

Geoff Burks shoots 78, the day's third-best score, at the opening round in Portland.

PORTLAND — With freshman Geoff Burks shooting the day's third-best score, the Whitman College men's golf team was in fourth place after Saturday's opening round of the Northwest Conference Championships here at Heron Lakes Golf Course.Burks shot 39 on bot

Mac-Hi golfers finish last in four-way match Friday

LA GRANDE — The junior varsity and varsity Mac-Hi boys golf team, plus one girl, Allison Varady, competed at La Grande Friday afternoon. The Pioneers finished last of four schools.The team scores were La Grande 332, Ontario 388, Baker 386 and Mac-Hi 431.N

Touchet baseball sweeps La Crosse-Washtucna

LA CROSSE — Touchet dominated a young Lacrosse-Washtucna from the get-go here Saturday in Class 1B district baseball action.The Indians pounded out 19 hits to blank the TigerCats, 27-0, behind Tuff Goble's one-hit pitching in the five-inning opener.Touche

Saturday, April 24

El Día de los Niños draws hundreds to Washington Park

Commitment 2 Community sees this as showing it is making a difference.

WALLA WALLA — Hundreds of mostly Latino families celebrated El Día de los Niños on Saturday at Washington Park, giving proof to Commitment 2 Community workers that their organization is making a difference.'I look around and I see most of all the people w

Commitment 2 Community announces plans to improve Walla Walla park

Work on the community path, dance area and shelters may begin in September.

WALLA WALLA — Commitment 2 Community announced Saturday it will oversee what could eventually be a $200,000 improvement to Washington Park, including the addition of a walking path, several covered shelters and a community dance floor.The project is being

17th annual Randy Yaw Pi Contest winner nails pi to 708 digits

The mathematics term has an infinite number of digits.

COLLEGE PLACE — 3.141592653 ... These are just a tiny fraction of the number digits of pi recited Friday by Walla Walla University students in the 17th annual Randy Yaw Pi Contest.Students Kiffer Green, Bill Lenz, Lindsay Kelstrom, Kendrick Mensink and St

Road closures shift as 13th Avenue project progresses

The entire 13th Avenue project, which started in February, is expected to be complete in early July.

WALLA WALLA — Road closures will continue on 13th Avenue for the next two months, but there will be plenty of shifting detours as paving work shifts on various sections of the project.'It is kind of a puzzle; it really is,” said Neal Chavre, a city engine

Bikes for vets

Members of R.I.D.E.R. and Combat Veterans International, Chapter 10, hosted the second annual Show-N-Shine, Poker Run and Bar-B-Q at Lyons Park in College Place on Saturday. Close to 100 motorcycles and riders took part in the ride, show and feast to raise money for local veterans relief programs in Walla Walla, College Place and Milton-Freewater.

Whitman College Renaissance Fair brings spirit of an earlier age to Walla Walla

The smell of sweet onion sausage wafted over the lawn in front of the clock tower at Whitman College on Saturday, during the school's 40th annual Renaissance Fair. The mouth-watering aroma of the meat being cooked over fire added to the atmosphere as well

Walla Walla Sweets Roller Girls tryouts scheduled Monday

The Walla Walla Sweets Roller Girls are giving newcomers a shot at roller derby Monday.The 'fresh-meat tryouts” take place at 6 p.m. at the Village Youth Center in College Place, Eighth and Bade streets.

Meeting to discuss Columbia County youth alcohol abuse

DAYTON — Columbia County youths are involved in underage drinking at a rate as much as three times higher than the Washington state average.This information, taken from the 2008 Healthy Youth Survey, will be part of a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss

Ballots due on Prescott pool bond issue

PRESCOTT _ Voters in the Prescott Joint Park and Recreation District have until Tuesday to mail ballots on whether the pool will be open this summer.District board of directors decided to again seek a levy after the measure failed by just a few votes in t


Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Portion of Broadway poster collection displayed at Whitman College

Jack Freimann donated nearly 2,000 mostly Broadway posters he accumulated.

WALLA WALLA — The man who collected what is most likely the single largest collection of Broadway posters on the West Coast, and what is also the largest collection of any type of art at Whitman College, was celebrated on Friday by some of his former stud

Milton-Freewater golf course wants to cut fees

Officials want to charge for nine holes, but allow golfers to play 18 holes if they tee off after 4 p.m.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Officials with the municipal golf course will ask Council members at their Monday night meeting to approve lowering rates for hours when usage isn't up to par with what should be much busier times of the week.'Don't ask me why. I guess


Walla Walla General Hospital

On the agenda - Walla Walla County

When: Monday and Tuesday. Monday meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. Afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday workshop will begin at 9 a.m.Where: Walla Walla County Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.

Walla Walla Community College student makes national academic team

Christina Stamper was among more than 1,500 nominees from across the country to be selected for the top awards.

WALLA WALLA — As a young mom, wife, student and activist, Christina Stamper keeps a busy schedule.The 28-year-old student at Walla Walla Community College has managed to run her own home as well as a small eco-friendly house-cleaning business. She finds t

Beijing may be great place to retire

While strolling along the winding streets of Beijing and among the city's many ancient architectural splendors, it can be quite easy to get lost in the crowds, figuratively and geographically.When I travel I have an unfortunate tendency to pay more attent

Walla Walla University engineering students recently helped Honduran school

A team of Walla Walla University engineering students recently spent close to two weeks in Honduras, helping expand the only grade school in a village.Through the university's first Engineers Without Borders outreach project, the five students, joined by

ETCETERA - Ex-Walla Walla man ordained deacon in Washington, D.C.

The Most Rev. William Skylstad, bishop of the Diocese of Spokane ordained four Catholic University of America seminarians as deacons, including former Walla Wallan Jeffrey Core.The April 10 ceremony was at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immacu

Things that you say are not ‘just words'

We live with a crisis of words. We live at a time when the power of words is not recognized. But our words are important and powerful. God Himself used words to create the worlds. The Gospel of John says that Jesus is the very Word of God, that was made f


New Beginnings Chapel to hold Singspiration today



Kyla Perry and Dearl Nunes of Walla Walla announce their engagement.The bride-elect is the daughter of Mark and Ginny Perry of Walla Walla. She graduated in 1996 from Walla Walla High School and in 2001 from Pierce College in Lakewood, Wash. She owns Real

Walla Walla Kennel Club Dog Show arrives May 1-2

For thousands of years dogs and their humans have loved each other. Large, small, beautiful or homely, they all share a boundless love and devotion. These smart and joyous animals take the spotlight next weekend.The annual Walla Walla Kennel Club Dog Show



Sentimental or not, plenty of seniors take journeys

Many grandparents are traveling to graduations ... but others are taking Caribbean cruises.

WALLA WALLA — Whether going by air, car or ship, area travel professionals say seniors frequently choose spring and early summer to see the sights, often with family.Great bargains can be found close to home, at the same time avoiding ash-spewing volcanoe



Census shouldn't ignore those with P.O. boxes

Why not send a letter to the post office box asking folks to contact the US Census Bureau?

Counting every person in the United States — estimated to be at least 300 million — is a huge, expensive and complicated undertaking.Yet, it doesn't have to be as complicated nor as expensive as the federal government is making it. Those who are overseein

Our readers' opinions

Vendors forced to buy liability insurance at Farmers Market?Our teenage daughters became involved with the Walla Walla Farmers Market for the first time last year and really enjoyed it, and have been excitedly preparing for this season's market, purchasin

Friday, April 23

LIVE - Updates from the Wa-Hi softball game against West Valley

Follow our live Twitter updates as the Blue Devil girls take on West Valley. Tune in starting at 4:30 p.m.

Boardman man pleads guilty in Bryant Avenue crash that hurt passengers

Raphael L. Torres of Boardman faces six months to a year in jail in connection with a wreck last fall.

WALLA WALLA -- The driver who caused a car crash that injured two passengers last fall on Bryant Avenue has pleaded guilty in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Into the wild green yonder

A crop duster works low over rolling green fields in the foothills of the Blue Mountains on a sunny and warm spring morning.

Fundraiser puts pink streak in Blue Devil game

Between today's games, the Wa-Hi softball team plans a fundraiser to help fight breast cancer.

WALLA WALLA -- Pink softballs will be signed and sold at today's Walla Walla High School softball games against West Valley to help raise money to fight breast cancer and to honor a team volunteer and cancer survivor who is best known to the players as "

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Keep wind turbines out of the Blues

Wake up people gazing at those beautiful Blue Mountains. While you doze, plans continue to place wind turbines east of Highway 11.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Federal government money is free?

The Palouse Street bridge article April 16 caused me much consternation (dismay).

State officials shouldn't be reimbursed for free meals

Yet, it is occurring at the Oregon Treasury. The reimbursement rules need to be changed.

When state government officials attend meetings and events involving private-sector businesses a clash of cultures can occur, particularly when finance and investing are the focus.

Weapon in Waitsburg incident likely pellet or BB gun

WAITSBURG -- The weapon fired in an incident at 711 Coppei Ave. Tuesday was probably a pellet gun or high-powered BB gun, Walla Walla County Sheriff Captain Bill White said Thursday afternoon.

Volcanic woes deal Iceland a double-whammy

The good citizens of Iceland have two mega-problems this spring. One is their economic and banking situation, which is still in something close to meltdown mode. I cannot fathom finances and economics, so I'm in no position to really follow that part of t

In the minutes - Starbuck School Board

Members of the Starbuck School Board are Zonia Dedloff, Carol Wildman, Jill Wood, Kelly White and Leo Janes. With Wood absent Thursday the board:

Emergency Services - 04/23/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Etcetera - 04/23/10

Walla Walla High School students earned design recognition from Jostens National Yearbook, the April 9 Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported. Wa-Hi's annual, The Royal Blue was honored for excellence and featured in the 2010 Gotcha Covered L

Wa-Hi garners Big Nine track wins

The Blue Devil boys and girls both edge Richland at Fran Rish Stadium Thursday.

RICHLAND — Wa-Hi tracksters came home at the top of a Big Nine Cascade Division track meet here Thursday.Blue Devil boys and girls both triumphed over second-place Richland at Fran Rish Stadium.'It's always so nice to get a win at Richland,” Wa-Hi head tr

TigerScots pick up first tennis victories of season

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen's tennis players took their first team win of the season against Ione here Thursday.The boys and girls both won 3-2.

Irish golfers 2nd in Ritzville

DeSales' boys are once again led by Ryan Baumgart, who medaled with a 5-over-par 75 Thursday.

RITZVILLE — DeSales' boys and girls came in second on the Ritzville Golf Course here Thursday.The boys lost to Tri-Cities Prep by one stroke, shooting 477 to Prep's 476.But DeSales golfer Ryan Baumgart was the medalist of 17 participating boys, shooting a

Thursday, April 22

Marquee: 'The Wizard of Oz' whirls into Wa-Hi

Actors will take to the air when a professional flying company gives the production a lift.

During her whirlwind descent from Kansas to Munchkinland, Willa Schober, as Dorothy, clings to her home's doorway as objects and even people fly by her.

Walla Walla will mark Earth Day in a big way

For the first time in 20 years, Walla Walla will celebrate Earth Day on a large scale. The City of Walla Walla and Blue Mountain Action Council will host a free, family-friendly event from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market v

Comic book editor to give presentation

Patrick Thorpe sees the world slightly differently than the average person. He can't look into the future or see through walls with x-ray vision, but as a comic book editor at Dark Horse Comics,

Arts for Animals auction benefits local shelter

Arts for Animals, a fundraiser, will be from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at CrossRoads Steakhouse, 201 E. Rees Ave.

Car show Sunday

COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University will hold the 12th annual WWU Homecoming Car Show from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at Fourth Street and College Avenue.

Nelson to release album with performance

Pendleton musician Barbara Nelson will release her newest album Thursday in a performance at the Pendleton Center for the Arts.

Children's theater holds meeting

Walla Walla Community College Children's Theater program for 2010 will hold an information and sign-up meeting at 10 a.m. May 8 at the WWCC China Pavilion, 500 Tausick Way.

Fort WW Museum hosts free open house, ice cream social on Sunday

Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, opens its doors 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday for an admission-free open house -- a day it dedicates to the community in thanks for all the support.

Inland Northwest Musicians present benefit concert

MILTON-FREEWATER -- An ensemble from the Inland Northwest Musicians will present "Pizzicato Popcorn to Pachelbel," drawing on music from the Celtic tradition to Bach, including "Lord of the Dance" and a "Music Box Gavotte," 7:30 p.m. April 30 at St. James

New at the library

Things aren't going well for Joseph Geist. He's broke. His graduate school adviser won't talk to him. His girlfriend has kicked him out of her apartment, leaving him homeless and alone. It's a tough spot for a philosopher to be in, and he's ready to give

Little Theatre's 'Into the Woods' to open April 30

"Into the Woods" a musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, opens April 30, at Little Theatre of Walla Walla, 1130 E. Sumach St. Tickets are $13 adults, $10 children under 13. Performances are 8 p.m. May 1, 7-9, 14-16 and 21-22. There will be 2 p.m.

Annual luncheon held for Administrative Professionals Day

MILTON-FREEWATER -- In honor of Administrative Professionals Day 150 business professionals gathered in Milton-Freewater for a luncheon Wednesday, "to say thanks to all the people who truly do all the work," in the words of Mike Watkins, Chamber of Commer

Wa-Hi FFA hosts Farm Day on Saturday

WALLA WALLA -- Baby animals and fun activities will be on tap Saturday as the Walla Walla FFA hosts its annual Farm Day at Walla Walla High School.The event will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the FFA barn on the school campus.Organized by the FFA and the W

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - No layoffs speaks well of local schools

I believe the Walla Walla School District should be commended for its actions in not laying off any teachers. It has filled open positions from within. Also, this is the second year in a row it has done this.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Where was local tea party coverage?

Last Friday I was very disappointed in your paper, because Thursday there had been a tea party rally in front of the Walla Walla County Courthouse. I would have gone but was unable to. But a friend of mine did attend. Her comment afterward was it was just

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - YMCA accepted Mayor Clark's challenge

The Green Commute competition today was greatly anticipated by the YMCA staff and members. We accepted the challenge from Mayor Barbara Clark and the dusty, mild-mannered public servants of the city of Walla Walla to make Walla Walla a healthier communit

Driver pleads guilty in Walla Walla crash that hurt passengers

WALLA WALLA — The driver who caused a car crash that injured two passengers last fall on Bryant Avenue has pleaded guilty in Walla Walla County Superior Court.Raphael L. Torres, 24, of Boardman, Ore., entered guilty pleas Wednesday to one count each of ve

'Green' commute day a time to reflect

Besides spurring thoughts about the environment, a walk to work makes for a serene start.

The morning air on my face was a pleasant alarm clock as I stepped off the front porch for a sneaker-clad commute.Resolved to commemorate Earth Day as the diehards do, I began the 1 1/2-mile journey to work on foot rather than behind the wheel, determined

State shouldn't be in business of selling booze

But we aren't convinced an initiative is the best way to transfer liquor sales to private industry.

It now seems possible, if not likely, an initiative could be on the ballot to force the state out of the booze business.

Superior Court - DISSOLUTIONS

Jamar and Cristy Beaver.

Superior Court - JUVENILE CASES

Ashley A. Janssen, 17, 21 N.E. Ash Ave., College Place, was sentenced April 16 on one count disorderly conduct.

Superior Court - CRIMINAL CASES

Thomas Nathan Caldwell, 32, 1225 Tillamook St., was sentenced April 15 on one count failure to register as a sex offender.

Emergency Services - 04/22/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Charlotte Rose Derstine

To Charleen and Jason Derstine, Milton Freewater, a daughter, Charlotte Rose Derstine, 8 pounds 15 ounces, April 21,2010.

Jordan Julian Felix Castelo

To Luz M. and Jesus E. Felix, Walla Walla, a son, Jordan Julian Felix Castelo, 5 pounds 15 ounces, April 17, 2010.

Shop offers fitting clinic

A downtown Walla Walla retailer that prides itself on helping its female customers "look their best from top to bottom" is focusing on the former with a special bra clinic this weekend.

Tax day nears for Walla Walla County property owners

The county treasurer hopes to have a new multipayment option ready by June.

Walla Walla County Treasurer Gordon Heimbigner is asking landowners to remember that property taxes are due April 30. Tax payments must be made at the Treasurer's Office in the Walla Walla County Courthouse, 315 W. Main St., or postmarked by April 30 to a


GOING GREEN---Helping the world with going green, two bicyclists are sandwiched between manmade gray and natural green as they zip towards their morning destination on Earth Day.

Earth Day lessons in the wind

Sager Middle School adds a residential-scale wind turbine, which will be used for education and power.

COLLEGE PLACE -- One of the Earth Day activities at John Sager Middle School will be in the wind today, literally.

Waitsburg-Prescott flexes its muscles at WWVA track invite

MILTON-FREEWATER — Waitsburg-Prescott chalked up 16 individual event victories here Wednesday during Walla Walla Valley Academy's annual track and field invitational at Shockman Field.W-P's Ronnie Hulce turned in the day's best performance with victories

‘I'm glad to help out'

At age 94, Carroll Adams is still a key figure in the YWCA's Charity Golf Classic 20 years after helping found the event — just one of his philanthropic endeavors.

WALLA WALLA — At 94, Carroll Adams is taking some time to enjoy the quiet life.Unless he's volunteering in any capacity for the YWCA, working heavy equipment at Fort Walla Walla, helping a friend or taking his plane to the air.And he'll be enjoying a mell

Irish avenge loss to Asotin

The Irish take a 9-1 win over the Panthers at home, following a 10-run loss earlier this season at Asotin.

WALLA WALLA - You can't give a good team extra outs.Asotin proved that axiom here Wednesday in Southeast 2B baseball action.The Panthers gave DeSales an extra out with a two-out error in the third and again in the fourth, and the Irish responded with two

Whitman sends tennis trio to Ojai

WALLA WALLA — A trio of Whitman College tennis players, seniors Matt Solomon and Nadeem Kassam and freshman Jeff Tolman, will compete this weekend in the NCAA Division III portion of California's 110th Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament.Solomon, the No.

Touchet beats Pomeroy 13-1, 11-0 in two five-inning baseball games

TOUCHET — Touchet baseball took two wins off Pomeroy here Wednesday.The Indians won both games after the fifth inning under the 10-run mercy rule.The first game was 13-1 and the second 11-0.

Touchet sweeps Pomeroy in softball doubleheader

TOUCHET — Touchet took advantage of 17 bases on balls by Pomeroy pitchers to sweep a Southeast District 9 twin bill with the Pirates, 21-1 and 10-0, Wednesday.'They had a hard time locating the strike zone,” Indians coach Gary Dorman said of the Pomeroy p

Tri-State Steelheaders to have crab feed May 13

WALLA WALLA — The Tri-State Steelheaders' crab feed is set May 13 at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds Community Building.The dinner includes shelled crab and shrimp, potato salad, spinach salad, mixed green salad, Caesar salad, coleslaw, sweet cherry peppers,

WWCC baseball game reset to today

YAKIMA - Walla Walla is in Yakima today for an NWAACC Eastern Region baseball doubleheader that was postponed Wednesday due to rain and poor field conditions.The Warriors take a 7-45 division mark and a 15-13 overall record into the 1 p.m. twin bill.The Y

Wheatland Wheelers to have season meeting Monday

WALLA WALLA — The Wheatland Wheelers cycling club is having a summer season and membership drive kickoff gathering at Thai Bon Appetit, 25 S. Spokane St., at 6 p.m. Monday.The summer cycling schedule will be announced along with a discussion about the 4th

Wednesday, April 21

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Sex-abuse problem widespread

The sexual abuse of minors is a global plague. Perpetrators of this sin that cries to heaven for justice include fathers, step-fathers, live-in boyfriends of the child's mother, uncles, public school teachers, coaches, scout leaders and, occasionally, a p

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Save money, mail Census to P.O. boxes

How long have we been told to return our Census form? How can we return something we haven't received?I inquired at the Post Office and was told that people who have P.O. boxes (in Waitsburg) will not receive them in the mail. Census workers will go door

City's plan to repair, replace infrastructure gets solid start

If the progress made in the next five years is embraced, it will be far easier to convince the public to accept higher rates to speed up the process.

A tax or fee increase of any kind generally draws protest.Yet, last week's decision by the Walla Walla City Council to approve an Infrastructure Repair and Replacement Plan to be paid for with increases in utility rates and $8.8 million in municipal bonds

Emergency services - 04/21/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

In the minutes - Garfield County

Garfield County commissioners are Dean Burton, Wynne McCabe and Robert Johnson. With all present Monday commissioners:

In the minutes - College Place Council

College Place City Council members are Mayor Rick Newby, William Jenkins, Alexander Scott, Marge Nyhagen, Bernie Yanke, Larry Dickerson, Steve Dickerson and Scott Duncan. With Scott absent, council members voted as follows Monday:

In the minutes - Walla Walla School Board

Board members are Cindy Meyer, president; Jim Lehmann, vice-president; Anne Golden, Max Carrera and Dan Hess. With all present Tuesday, the board:

Court Report - Superior Court


Vanessa J. Wambold, 29, 169 N. Wilbur Ave., Apt. 12, was charged April 19 with three counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and one count of unlawful issuance of bank checks. Wambold is accused of unlawfully possessing methamphetamin

On the agenda - Port of Walla Walla

When: Regular session at 6 p.m. following a 4:15 p.m. tour of the former Crown Cork & Seal building and a 5 p.m. work session.Where: Regular session at the Port of Walla Walla office, 310 A St.; work session at El Sombrero restaurant, 428 Ash St.

BIRTHS - Walla Walla General Hospital

To Patricia Estrada and Ramon Ledezma, Milton Freewater, a daughter, Dayanna Sofia Ledezma, 7 pounds 5 ounces, April 18, 2010.

ROAD CLOSURE - 04/21/10

Morton Street from Chase Avenue to Third Avenue will be closed starting April 26 for approximately eight weeks for the City's first Infrastructure Repair and Replacement Plan project. Work includes replacing the water, sewer and street. The road will be c

Native Plant Appreciation Week to be celebrated locally

The week of April 25-May 1 has been designated as Native Plant Appreciation Week for Washington. The Walla Walla Native Plant Society is celebrating with activities and information, including a booth at the Earth Day Fair at Crawford Park on Saturday.Then

Benefit brunch set for Saturday for injured Mac-Hi student

A benefit brunch is on the table for McLoughlin High School student Taylor Hodgen, who was injured by a baseball last month.Hodgen, 16, suffered brain injury when he was hit in the temple by a line drive during batting practice at the school. The honor ro

Etcetera - 04/21/10

Sixteen Walla Walla High School Future Business Leaders of America chapter members competed in the State Business Leadership conference in Yakima from April 8-10.

Abajian to host child safety event

Abajian Toyota will host the DNA LifePrint Child Safety Event this weekend.The Walla Walla auto dealer invites parents to bring their children to the lot at 606 N. Wilbur Ave. on Saturday for new biometric fingerprinting and a DNA identification kit.

Waitsburg man sought after shooting

Officials say Ryan Araya fired a rifle several times during an altercation Tuesday night on Coppei Avenue.

WAITSBURG -- Walla Walla County Sheriff's deputies are seeking Ryan Araya, 28, of Waitsburg in connection with unlawful use of a firearm Tuesday night.Officials say Araya fired a .22-caliber rifle several times during an altercation at 711 Coppei Ave. aro

Walla Walla YWCA to host seminar on identity theft

Tuesday's discussion at the YWCA will focus on how to avoid being victimized.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Asset Building Coalition will present "Identity Theft, Fraud, You: A Public Discussion" on Tuesday, with a light pizza supper starting at 6 p.m. Child care will be provided, but seating and pizza are limited.The free event t

Motorcycle groups organize event to benefit Walla Walla-area veterans

A pair of motorcycle groups will raise money Saturday to benefit veterans and their families.

COLLEGE PLACE -- Two nonprofits are revving up for the second annual Show-N-Shine to benefit local veterans and their families in times of need. This Saturday, Combat Veterans International and R.I.D.E.R. of Washington, organizations that share common int

Walla Walla salvage company shifts focus

A longtime salvage company has a new business model along with a much lower physical profile.

WALLA WALLA -- A longtime Walla Walla salvage company has been busy both recycling metal as well as its image this past year.On a site once marked by towering piles of scrap, Stubblefield Salvage and Recycling LLC has been shrinking its footprint while fo

Vernon W. Carlson

October, 5 1921 - February 28, 2010

Hazel Stoolfire

June 28, 1912 - April 18, 2010

Allie Neal

Oct. 23, 1924 - March 31, 2010

Baseball duel between Touchet and Dayton turns into rout

Touchet turns a 2-2 pitcher's duel into an 8-2 lead in the fifth and rolls past Dayton, 11-2.

TOUCHET — Touchet's Megan Reed and Dayton's Kayla Turner dueled it out in the circle into the fifth inning, battling to a 2-2 tie, but five Bulldog errors helped the Indians' offense explode in the bottom of the inning to jump to an 8-2 lead.Touchet then

Falcons take 5-2 tennis win from Wa-Hi's girls

RICHLAND — Wa-Hi's girls tennis team dropped a 5-2 match to Hanford here Tuesday.The Blue Devils' winning matches both came in doubles, when No. 1 team Presley Peck and Tianna Cummings defeated Becky Sharpe and Alex Sharpe 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (9-7). No. 2

OUTDOORS - Life as a Beachcomber

Exploring beaches along the Oregon Coast can be so distracting, it can get some people in trouble.

NEWPORT, Ore. — The knife-edged wind rattled against my blue-and-white parka and black rain pants.The parka's hood, zipped tight, covered my head and lower face up to my nose.Nora the Schnauzer wore a light-blue raincoat that covered her back and chest. S

Indians down Bulldogs, remain undefeated

Touchet's baseball team improves to 12-0 on the season with the 11-1 victory over Dayton.

TOUCHET — Touchet made the most of its six hits here in non-league baseball action Tuesday.The Indians took advantage of six walks, five Dayton errors and six hits to stay unbeaten with an 11-1 win.The victory improves Touchet to 12-0 on the season and ge

DeSales baseball team victorious on trip to La Grande

LA GRANDE — DeSales won an 8-4 baseball game against La Grande here Tuesday.The score was 1-1 after the first inning, when the Irish had two batters hit by pitches, stacking first and second. Brandon Arellano hit a single to load the bases and Spencer Smi

Third-annual Art Helm Golf Tournament set Saturday

MILTON-FREEWATER — The third-annual Art Helm Golf Tournament is Saturday at Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course.Proceeds from the tournament go to cancer patient Erik Lamb and his family. The St. Mary's Cancer Center recommended Lamb to the Helm family

Dayton, DeSales golfers have successes at Touchet Valley course

DAYTON — DeSales golfer Ryan Baumgart hit 1-over-par at Touchet Valley to medal in a 2B golf match here Tuesday. Dayton's Caylyn Tate was medalist for the girls.Baumgart's 73 on the par 72 course, 10 stokes ahead of his nearest competition, wasn't enough

Pirates Koberstein, Meyers medal as Pomeroy wins golf match at Columbia Point

RICHLAND — Two Pomeroy golfers hit 79 in a three-way tie for medalist, and Pomeroy won overall at Columbia Point in a golf match here Tuesday.Trevor Koberstein and Joel Meyers both scored 79, along with Asotin's Drew Heitstuman, in the three-way medalist

Weston-McEwen baseball team picks wrong half for ‘tale of two games'

STANFIELD — In Weston-McEwen baseball coach T.J. Haguewood's words, it was 'a tale of two games” within one game here Tuesday.The TigerScots took a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Tigers took advantage of W-M errors and got some big

Undefeated Hanford hands Blue Devil boys tennis 5-2 defeat

WALLA WALLA — The undefeated Hanford Falcons checked one more victory off with a win over the Wa-Hi boys here Tuesday.'After competing against the Falcons, it's no surprise why they are 9-0 in league standings,” said Wa-Hi tennis coach Ted Cummings. 'They

TigerScots offense backs up pitching in 15-0 softball win

ECHO — Weston-McEwen banged out 11 hits — many of them of the timely variety — in support of pitcher Haley Freske, who fired a three-hit shutout as the TigerScots overwhelmed Echo-Stanfield 15-0 here Tuesday in a Blue Mountain Conference softball doublehe

Irrigon takes two softball games from Irish

WALLA WALLA — DeSales dropped two softball games to Irrigon here Tuesday.The Knights, last year's Class 1A-2A Oregon state champions, had decisive 13-0 and 11-1 wins over the Irish.'Irrigon is a good team and it's good to play quality teams like this,” De

Blue Devil boys hand Chiawana soccer shootout defeat

PASCO — Wa-Hi soccer improved to 10-2 for the season after winning a shutout against Chiawana here Tuesday.The Blue Devils won 1-0 over the Riverhawks in the second overtime and the sixth shootout round. The Blue Devils are now ranked ninth in the state,

DEATH NOTICE - Jason Gentry-Sartin

Feb. 22, 1977

DEATH NOTICE - Marvin Tucker

March 1, 1909 - April 20, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Glenn A. Siron, Sr

Feb. 14, 1929 - April 20, 2010

Tuesday, April 20

Whitman College alumna returns home aboard Discovery

A Whitman College alumna was aboard Discovery's next-to-last flight, which returned to Earth today.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Shuttle Discovery and its astronauts returned safely to Earth today after making a rare flyover of America's heartland to wrap up their 15-day, 6 million-mile journey to the International Space Station.

A moose and a goose

Probably nothing more than random rhyme and little reason for such strange field fellows, but a lone moose and a lone goose pause from their morning breakfast in a field near Wallula Road in what appeared to be a moment of appreciation for each others com

On The Agenda - Waitsburg Council

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Where: Lions Club Community Building, Fairgrounds

Etcetera - 04/20/10

Sixteen Walla Walla High School Future Business Leaders of America chapter members competed in the State Business Leadership conference in Yakima from April 8-10.

On The Agenda - Pomeroy School Board

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Where: Pomeroy Elementary Library

On the agenda - Dayton School Board

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Where: District Board Room, 609 S. Second St.

No census form? P.O. box could be reason

The US Census Bureau's count does not mesh with the boxes, which unlike the census are not directly tied to residences.

WALLA WALLA -- If you weren't mailed a census form, the problem could have been with your post office box.

Walla Walla's Harvest Foods fetes food fair

Bring your appetite to Walla Walla's Harvest Foods this week.

Historic homes to open their doors

Sunday's Sweet Home Walla Walla benefits the Kirkman House Museum.

WALLA WALLA -- Six historic homes will be open to participants Sunday in the Kirkman House Museum's second Sweet Home Walla Walla Tour.

Emergency Services - 04/20/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Leonard Gage

Celebration of Life for Leonard Gage will be tonight (4/20) at 6:00 pm at the Senior Center and Saturday (4/24) from 2-5 pm at the VFW.

Willard Wilson

Aug. 30, 1912 - April 16, 2010

Rodney Brown

March 1, 1921 - April 17, 2010

City shouldn't pass on fining contractor because money will go back to federal coffers

It makes no difference whether the money goes to the city government or the federal government. It's taxpayer money.

The Palouse Street bridge reconstruction is at least 55 days behind schedule. As a result, the street between Main and Alder streets has been closed far longer than anticipated.

Trial date moved in rape case

Bryan M. Harvey is accused of attacking a teenager at his residence.

WALLA WALLA -- The trial for a man accused of raping a teenage girl at his residence in January 2008 has been postponed again in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

VIEW FROM THE PORCH - Moral of the story: Bee careful with your honey

When I was a boy, we McLeods lived in a valley west of Nashville, Tenn., -- a valley much smaller than the Walla Walla Valley.

Woman pleads guilty in crash that injured pedestrian

Aminda Paez-Diaz pleaded guilty to vehicular assault in connection with a crash in October.

WALLA WALLA -- The driver of a pickup that struck a woman pedestrian at Fifth Avenue and Alder Street in October pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge in Walla Walla County Superior Court.Aminda Paez-Diaz, 23, who now lives in Spokane, entered the guil

ASK MOM - Let son, 18, be guided by his conscience

Dear Mom:This might seem old-fashioned, but I don't approve of my 18 year-old-son, a senior, and his 16-year-old girlfriend having sex.

Trial date set for Walla Walla man in threat on wife

Carl E. Adams faces assault, harassment and unlawful imprisonment charges.

WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded innocent Monday to holding his wife at knifepoint and threatening to kill her earlier this month.Carl E. Adams Jr., 43, of 1463 Francis Ave., is scheduled for trial May 24 in Walla Walla County Superior Court on charges of fir

Walla Walla teachers among state grant winners

Two high school teachers will receive funding for projects to integrate technology in the classroom.

WALLA WALLA -- Two local high school teachers are among 100 educators in the state to have been awarded $7,600 grants to integrate technology in the classroom.On Monday, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction released the names of the 100 teac

Parental notification law needed

I'm writing in belated response to the article titled "Girl's abortion puts spotlight on school health centers," which ran in the March 26 editon of the U-B.This article described an incident where a 15-year-old student at Ballard High School received a s

Walla Walla's Ellen Camp beats Boston Marathon goal time

Walla Walla resident Ellen Camp, 54, finished the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon in 3:43.32, a personal best by 13 minutes, and an average of about seven miles per hour, well beating her goal of eight miles per hour. She finished 10,917 of all runners, 3,120 o

Wa-Hi boys golfers 2nd in Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE — Wa-Hi's boys golfers placed second at a Big Nine Conference pod match at the Moses Lake Country Club here Monday.The boys finished with a team score of 300, two strokes behind Richland's 298.'It's the best showing we've have all year,” said c

Mac-Hi softball defeats Umatilla, 23-2

UMATILLA — Mac-Hi's softball team posted a victory over Umatilla in a nonleague single game here Monday.The Pioneers won, 23-2, in five innings over the Vikings.The win moves them to 9-5 overall and 1-3 in league.

Waitsburg-Prescott baseball splits twin bill with Liberty Christian

RICHLAND — Waitsburg-Prescott split a pair of baseball games with Liberty Christian here Saturday.Waitsburg-Prescott lost the first game, 8-3, but picked up the 11-inning second game, 10-9, over the Patriots.W-P, now 3-9 overall and 1-5 in league, plays a

DEATH NOTICE - Eunice Wiemer

June 1, 1918 - April 15, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Rowena Danielson

Jan. 13, 1918— April 19, 2010

Monday, April 19

DEATH NOTICE - Rodney Brown

March 7, 1921 - April 17, 2010

Walla Walla man to serve time on electronic home monitoring, DOC work crew

In a plea agreement, the prosecution recommended no jail time for stealing money from the Walla Walla Swim Club.

WALLA WALLA — A local man who pleaded guilty to stealing money from the Walla Walla Swim Club last year was handed a suspended jail sentence Monday afternoon, but he will spend time on electronic home monitoring and on the Department of Corrections work c

Federal judge's contorting of Constitution results in flawed ruling on prayer

The National Day of Prayer simply acknowledges the role of prayer in many people's lives.

The U.S. Constitution makes it very clear the government cannot establish a national religion nor put a specific religion above any other religion.That interpretation of the First Amendment ('Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of relig

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - A view from the D.C. ‘Twilight Zone?'

How thoughtful of David A. Schmaltz to let all of us in Walla Walla know how wonderful his new life is 'just beneath the Beltway.”Schmaltz wrote quite a letter detailing his admiration for Barack Obama and the kowtowing Congress. It sounds to me as if Sch

Emergency services - 04/19/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

On the agenda - Walla Walla School Board

When: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. An executive session will be held at 5 p.m. and a work session at 6:15 p.m.Where: District board room, 364 S. Park St.

Entourage of Walla Walla

As part of their 95 MI/152 KM course, Pro 1/2 Men racers take a hill on Middle Waistsburg Road Sunday morning under clear, blue skies and with an entourage of support vehicles in tow. The 2010 Tour of Walla Walla finished up racing Sunday on the road aga

Dick Monahan remembered on Bennington Lake trail

BENNINGTON LAKE -- A new adopt-a-trail program had a distinguished name affixed to its first enrollee Saturday.Family and friends of R.F. "Dick" Monahan gathered at Bennington Lake to dedicate a section of the trail system in memory of Monahan, a local at

Body found in Tiger Canyon believed to be missing Milton-Freewater man

The remains are believed to be those of Jason Sartin, a Milton-Freewater man missing since mid-November.

The body of what is believed to be a 32-year-old missing Milton-Freewater man has been recovered in Tiger Canyon, about five months since he was first reported missing.Jason Sartin, who disappeared Nov. 13, 2009, while on an off-road trip with an acquaint

Musical tribute paid to local 'Piano Man'

Roger Thiesen, who played at the Fair & Frontier Days and the former mall at Christmas, died earlier this year.

COLLEGE PLACE -- Friends and family of Roger Thiesen, a local musician who died in January, filled the Walla Walla University church sanctuary to remember his life through a musical memorial service.Thiesen lived in College Place and was a popular musicia

Film about human towers to show at Whitman College

A local man who has been part of human towers since he was 3 will show a film Wednesday on the feats of athletics and architecture.

WALLA WALLA -- Now a Walla Walla resident, Felix Miret-Rovira is a long way from his previous home in the Catalonia region of Spain. But Miret-Rovira is looking to share an unusual slice of life from his home region through a documentary film to be shown

LETTERS FROM AFGHANISTAN - Opium harvest, ethnic conflict spur violence

To harvest opium off of a poppy, the poppy farmers slash the sides of the bulb in order to allow for a brown resin to seep out of the incision.The day after making the incision, the farmers pick the dried brown resin (the opium) off the bulb.The border ar

Warriors split on NWAACC crossover tourney's final day

YAKIMA — Walla Walla Community College's softball team ended the NWAACC Crossover Tournament Sunday with a 5-3 loss to Mount Hood before thumping Edmonds, 14-1.

Walla Walla University students schedule May 9 half marathon

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University's student missions program is holding a half marathon May 9 to raise funds and awareness for the Student Missions Emergency Fund. This fund will help current and future student missionaries in the event of an emergen

Sweets slate Hot Stove event May 13

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Sweets fans are invited to attend a 'Hot Stove” event from 7-8:30 p.m. May 13 at the Red Monkey Downtown Lounge.

On the road again

Cyclists in the men's Pro 1/2 race climb a slight grade and head for a winding section of Middle Waitsburg Road Sunday morning under clear, blue skies and perfect racing conditions during the second day of the Tour of Walla Walla. After racing in downtown

Twin killings stymie Whits in baseball loss to Bearcats

Whitman concludes its home baseball season Sunday with a 6-4 loss to Willamette in which two double plays prove costly.

WALLA WALLA — A pair of ground ball double plays in the late innings killed Whitman Missionary rallies and propelled Willamette Bearcats to a single game NWC conference victory here Sunday, 6-4.Jason Sease hit a rocket one-hopper to the Willamette shortst

Wolves notch two softball victories over EWU club team

Defense proves to be the secret as WWU wins 8-0 and 13-1 Sunday to improve to 7-14 on the year.

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University's softball team picked up two victories over Eastern Washington University's club team here Sunday, 8-0 and 13-1.'Defensively, it was probably the best doubleheader we've played,” Wolves coach Mike Jemenez said. 'Our

Gerling sets new Wa-Hi hurdle standards

The senior wins the Pasco Invite 110 highs 14.38 seconds and is second in the 300 intermediates in 38.09.

PASCO — Wa-Hi boys placed eighth here Saturday during the annual Pasco Invitational track and field meet at Edgar Brown Stadium.The Blue Devils scored 26 points in the event that featured some 1,300 athletes.Mead won the boys title with 60 points, a half-

Blue Devil girls win, lose by identical 5-2 scores

Wa-Hi topples Eastmont but loses to Wenatchee in Big Nine tennis road matches.

WENATCHEE — Wa-Hi's girls took a 5-2 Big Nine tennis match from Eastmont on the Wildcats' courts Saturday morning, but then suffered a 5-2 defeat at Wenatchee that afternoon.

Wa-Hi boys tennis splits matches in Wenatchee

The Blue Devils net a 4-3 win over Eastmont Saturday before losing 7-0 to Wenatchee.

WENATCHEE — Wa-Hi's boys tennis team opened up a road trip with a 4-3 victory over Eastmont Saturday morning, but then dropped a 7-0 decision at Wenatchee in the afternoon.

Pirate boys take top five spots on home course

POMEROY — Trevor Koberstein shot even par and medaled for the Pomeroy boys golf team, and his teammates followed up in the next four positions to anchor the individual honors sweep in Southeast B golf play at Crystal Springs Golf Course here Saturday. Day

Croghan's five-hit day highlights Mac-Hi split

The Pioneers top Ontario 8-6 in the 2nd game of a GOL twin bill after losing the opener 17-4.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Ryley Croghan had five hits in six at-bats, including two doubles and a home run, and drove in three runs here Saturday as Mac-Hi salvaged a split with Ontario in a Greater Oregon League baseball doubleheader at McRae-Ireland Field.Crog

DEATH NOTICE - Hazel Stoolfire

April 18, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Willard Wilson

April 16, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Margaret Sutherland

Nov. 17, 1917 - Dec. 5, 2009

DEATH NOTICE - Lorna Curry

Oct. 22, 1909 - April 16, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Sister Eva O'Hare

Dec. 24, 1908 - April 15, 2010

Paulene Barnett

August 24, 1920 - April 10, 2010

Orville Robert Patton

Nov. 9, 1943 - April 14, 2010

Margaret Johnson

Oct. 8, 1925 - April 9, 2010

Sunday, April 18

On the agenda - Columbia County

When: Monday, 10 a.m.Where: Commissioner Room, Courthouse.

On the agenda - College Place

When: 7 p.m. Monday.Where: College Place City Hall, 625 S. College Ave.

Tour of Walla Walla

About 600 cyclists raced in the 14th annual Tour of Walla Walla on Friday and Saturday. It was a beautiful day for biking (above) when the Criterium Category 4 Women's group raced past the old Liberty Theater Saturday afternoon in the downtown heat.A Cate

Blue Devils split with Richland

Matt Watson pitches the Blue Devils to a 3-0 victory in the nightcap Friday.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi rode Matt Watson's pitching and a three-run third inning to a 3-0 victory here in the nightcap of a Cascade Division baseball doubleheader.The win, coupled with Richland's 13-7 first-game victory, gave the Blue Devils a split with the

Whitman's four-run comeback earns split with Willamette

The Missionaries end a losing skid with a 10-9 victory over Willamette Saturday.

WALLA WALLA — For Whitman College baseball, the wins have been few and far between.In fact, a full month and four days have passed since the Missionaries last registered a W.It looked like the losing streak would hit 15 as visiting Willamette held a 9-6 l

WWCC wins a pair over Wenatchee Valley baseball

Walla Walla wins the first game in the 12th inning with a fielder's choice grounder by Tyler Roberts.

WALLA WALLA — Few things in baseball are as rare as seeing a game decided by a walk-off fielder's choice.But that's how Walla Walla Community College pulled out a victory over Wenatchee Valley in the first game of an NWAACC Eastern Region doubleheader Sat

Touchet baseball wins two with big margins

Touchet wins the first game, 7-3, and the second, 15-4, in the weather-shortened second game.

WALLA WALLA — Touchet baseball took two wins over St. John-Endicott here Friday.The first win, 7-3, was played on a beautiful day at the Walla Walla Community College field. The nightcap was turning into a blowout, at 15-4, when it was called after the fo

Saturday, April 17

Touchet wins two softball games over St. John-Endicott

TOUCHET — Nicole Brown pitched a one-hitter and struck out eight in game one of a doubleheader here Saturday for an 8-0 win over St. John-Endicott.The Indians used a powerful hitting onslaught, with 13 runs on 12 hits, to win game two 13-4.

Blue Devils softball still undefeated

The Blue Devils take two wins off the previously undefeated Bombers Friday.

RICHLAND — Wa-Hi won a battle of the softball unbeatens in Big Nine Cascade Division play against Richland here Friday.The Blue Devils swept the Bombers, 1-0 and 7-3, in two games at Columbia Field.'(The Bombers) were great,” Wa-Hi coach Jerry Humphreys s

Walla Walla University drops two softball games to WVCC

WENATCHEE — Walla Walla University dropped two softball games to Wenatchee Valley Community College here Saturday.'Wenatchee can flat-out hit,” Walla Walla softball coach Mike Jimenez said. 'You could tell that from the very first at-bat, and they were re

Waitsburg-Prescott posts two wins over LC softball team

RICHLAND — Hailey Gonen of Waitsburg-Prescott softball had a big day with five hits, two triples, two walks, five runs and two RBIs to lead her team past Liberty-Christian in two games, 14-8 and 13-2.'Hailey did what she has been doing all year,” W-P coac

Pomeroy splits softball games with Tri-Cities Prep Friday

POMEROY — Pomeroy split two in softball play here Friday against Tri-Cities Prep.The non-league games put the Pirates at 3-5 overall and holds them at 1-1 in league play.'We're better than the way we played,” said Pomeroy head coach Rob Monahan.

Pomeroy's baseball team breaks 36-game losing streak Friday

POMEROY — Pomeroy baseball broke a 36-game losing streak, dating to the middle of 2008, here Friday.'I can't really explain how I felt,” Pomeroy Pirates baseball coach Dave Boyer said. 'How happy I was for me and the kids. I felt really good about the win

Warriors sweep softball pair at Yakima NWAACC Crossover

YAKIMA — The Walla Walla Community College women swept a pair of non-region softball contests, 19-0 over Gray's Harbor and 4-2 over Bellevue, at the NWAACC crossover tournament here Saturday.In game one, the Warriors jumped on the undermanned Chokers earl

DeSales takes baseball doubleheader wins over

WALLA WALLA — DeSales made sound work of the Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia baseball team here SaturdayThe Irish won the first game 9-5, and the second 11-1 in a mercy-rule-shortened five-inning game.'It was a good win for us,” said head coach Kim Cox of the sec

Mac-Hi tracksters have busy couple of days

The girls place fourth at Union Thursday, and Mac-Hi athletes also have solid scores in the LaGrande Invite Friday.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi had busy days in track and field Thursday and Friday.The boys won the Union Invite and the girls placed fourth Thursday, and many athletes had good days at the LaGrande Invite Friday.Emily Childers finished first in the 400 meter

Wa-Hi golfers second, Mac-Hi finishes last at Pendleton Invite

PENDLETON — The Wa-Hi boy's golf team finished second out of 12 teams at the Pendleton Invitational tournament here Friday.The best five individual scores for the Blue Devils counted and in golf, the lower the score — the better.

Whitman women take Whitworth in tennis action

YAKIMA — In a battle of women's tennis Whits, it was Whitworth University over Whitman College, 5-3, in the Saturday afternoon finals of the Northwest Conference Championships at the Tennis Club.Whitworth, now 19-4 on the season and ranked No. 7 in the We

Whitman men take 20 tennis match wins with victories

YAKIMA — Reaching the 20-win plateau and qualifying for nationals for a fourth consecutive season, the Whitman College men's tennis team slugged its way to a 5-1 victory over Willamette University Saturday afternoon in the finals of the Northwest Conferen

DeSales softball teams takes doubleheader victories

WALLA WALLA — DeSales won two softball games against Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia here Saturday.'The girls played real well,” said Irish head coach Russ Vera.In the first game, DeSales pitchers took care of the batters.

DeSales track team has good Saturday at Underberg Invite

MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. — Jacob Heikkenen and Nick Wales both turned in second-place performances and Brigete Lyons took second twice for DeSales at the fifth-annual Undeberg Invite here Saturday.Lyons took second in the 100 hurdles in 18.93 and 300 hurdles i

Tour of Walla Walla welcomes back masters

The third and final day of the Tour of Walla Walla takes place today in Waitsburg.

WALLA WALLA — The 14th annual Tour of Walla Walla rolled into full speed this weekend, and along with it was the comeback of an old favorite among seasoned riders.'I rode cat-four last year. I am old enough though that the masters is more my kind of compe

Owners of Leonetti Cellar launch a ‘whole table' approach

WALLA WALLA - Viticulturist and winemaker Chris Figgins stands at the edge of a panoramic overlook taking in the neatly planted rows of his newest vineyard like a painter scrutinizing his masterpiece."I see a piece of ground as an artist sees a blank canv

The muzzle-bleed section

Unable to get into the good seats, a resourceful pup watched the softball action between Walla Walla Community College and Columbia Basin College last week, a doggone long way from the action at the Warrior Softball Complex parking lot. But it was ready f

China trip proves revealing

The mass of strangers and suitcases pressed against me so tightly I did not have to worry about the sharp turns and rapid acceleration of the train as it hurtled through the Beijing underground because the dozens of people breathing down my neck in the ce

National Weather Services looking for volunteer weather spotters

WALLA WALLA — Everyone talks about the weather. Here's a chance to do something about it.The National Weather Service needs volunteers to train as weather spotters. A free two-hour training session will be held Thursday by a meteorologist with the NWS off

Looking for work

Aryeh Kim-Leavitt keeps a handle on his toy truck while he checks out available jobs in the Union-Bulletin classified advertising section.

Walla Walla Public Schools grapple with extending dual-language program

Many of the children began in the district's first dual-language program seven years ago.

WALLA WALLA - Seven years ago, a group of Sharpstein Elementary kindergarten students embarked on a new phase of bilingual education in Walla Walla Public Schools.The children represented the district's first dual-language program. About 50 children, half

Milton-Freewater gets $160,000 for energy projects

City Hall, two fire stations and the City Shop buildings will get upgrades.

MILTON-FREEWATER — The city will receive close to $160,000 in federal funds from the Oregon Department of Energy to make energy saving improvements to windows, lights and heating systems.City Hall, Saager Fire Station, South Fire Station and the City Shop

Athena-Weston School Board to hold work session

ATHENA — The Athena-Weston School Board will hold a special work session Monday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the 2010-11 budget.The meeting will be at Athena Elementary's library, 375 S. Fifth St., and is open to the public.

On the agenda - Walla Walla County

When: Monday meeting has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts. Tuesday meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. Afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m.Where: Walla Walla County Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.

In the minutes - Touchet School Board

Members of the Touchet School Board are Sandra Bradley, Robert Schaeffer, Mandy Thompson, Michael McCubbins and Darren Goble. With all present Thursday the board:

Survivor of Iwo Jima returns for commemoration

The 65th anniversary was jointly organized by the U.S. and Japanese governments.

WALLA WALLA — Sixty-five years after coming ashore on the black sands of Iwo Jima, a local Marine returned to the island last month for a commemoration of the iconic battle.Claro Bergevin, a college sophomore when he enlisted and headed off to the war, se

City plans Earth Day celebration Saturday

WALLA WALLA — City officials say this year's Earth Day will be the biggest in 20 years, with a Farmers' Market-centered event scheduled to take place Saturday.The theme of this year's Earth Day festivities, which takes place at the Farmers Market at Main

Kids can compete in All-Comers Youth Track and Field Meet today

WALLA WALLA — Kids 12 and under can participate in track and field events today at Borleske Stadium. The biannual All-Comers Youth Track and Field Meet starts at 3 p.m.The event is sponsored by the Walla Walla Parks & Recreation Department to introduce yo

ETCETERA - First-time area actor treads the boards in Spokane

The big deal about actor Jeff Daniels' play, "Escanaba in da Moonlight," is that a former Athena resident is cast in the lead role.Spokesman-Review writer Jim Kershner cautions readers that audiences should be prepared for a Pat McManus-style huntin' come

PANORAMA - Family bids loved one farewell in handcrafted casket

For 15 months, the Rev. Matthew Studer cared for his ailing father, Vern Studer, at Vern's home. The pair talked about many matters during that time, including the particulars of Vern's funeral service and burial. A local insurance agent, Vern had suffere

PASTOR COLUMN - Green Days of Worship mark Earth Day

We are each a part of many systems, though our 'system consciousness” varies considerably.We are principally conscious of our individual bodies and thought processes — our primary system — and usually think of ourselves as discrete, independent beings who


Stateline Adventist holds fundraising breakfast today



Darlene DeCoria of Prescott announces the engagement of her granddaughter, Jessica Jackson, formerly of Starbuck and Walla Walla, to Cody Marcum of Umatilla.The bride-elect is the daughter of Richard and Debby Jackson of Patterson, Wash. She graduated in


senior centers

Mind those medications, local experts advise

Medications can have interactions, and even herbs and supplements need to be considered.

Pills in the morning, pills with lunch, more pills and then a cream to put on in the evening.Then there are herbs and vitamins to keep track of, too.

City Council wisely OK'd oversight for infrastructure improvement

Establishing a citizen oversight committee does not diminish the Council's ultimate responsibility.

To say Walla Walla's roads are a mess is like saying water is wet or the sky is blue on a sunny day. It's a fact.And it's also a fact — a sad fact — city government's efforts to fix the crumbling, pothole-marred streets haven't succeeded.

Our readers' opinions

Friday, April 16

Etcetera - 04/16/10

George Wolf, Milton-Freewater Rotary Club program chairman, spoke to the service group recently about his experiences as a longtime commercial pilot.

Cameron Robinson

September 30, 1986 - April 14, 2010

Maxine Herman

March 4, 1918 - April 10, 2010

Two support groups offered by mental-illness alliance

Walla Walla's chapter of National Alliance on Mentally Illness, or NAMI, offers two support groups on a regular basis.

Fort Walla Walla Museum to hold annual banquet, awards ceremony

Fort Walla Walla Museum's annual banquet and volunteer awards will take place Tuesday, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

WWCC gets $3 million grant for water center expansion

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Community College has been awarded a $3 million federal grant to expand its William A. Grant Water and Environmental Center, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., announced Thursday.

Tax Day Tea Party

A tax demonstration organized by Walla Walla Tea Party Patriots drew a large crowd to the Walla Walla County Courthouse on Thursday afternoon. The demonstration was just one of many around the region and country.

Live music on tap at Hot Poop

More than music will be spinning Saturday as Walla Walla's "bing bang music and stereo shop" Hot Poop observes the third annual Record Store Day, said owner Jim McGuinn.

Clocks of Earth's changes ticks away on a spring walk

When I walk on Sundays with my faithful mutt along the bottom of the Snake River Canyon, I usually hear only the wind in my ears.

Wine soiree to benefit Rising Sun Clubhouse

The gathering place for people with metal illness has a Sunday event planned at Waters Winery.

When people lift a glass of wine at Waters Winery on Sunday, Kay Maxfield hopes their awareness of mental illness is also raised.

Palouse Street bridge to open

The passage over Mill Creek will be open for weekend traffic until work is complete.

The passage over Mill Creek will be open for weekend traffic until work is complete.

Census mail-in deadline arrives

Today is the last day that sending in the form will guarantee no visit from a census taker.

Today is the last day to be counted. By mail anyway.This is the final day for people to mail back their 2010 Census forms. After today, the Census Bureau will begin planning door-to-door visits to households that didn't respond.

Poet mixes writings, humor in talk

Sherman Alexie was in town Thursday as part of a Whitman College reading series.

WALLA WALLA -- "I am willing to tell you anything, so you should trust me," Sherman Alexie, author of short stories and poetry, said in a comedic presentation Thursday at Whitman College.

Touchet rallies to support of teacher

Speakers generally were critical of the board's and the administration's lack of leadership.

TOUCHET -- Community members, including high school students and parents, jammed the school library Thursday night to voice their concerns about district leadership and to express their support for teacher Gary Dorman.

Worm Ranch inches across town

A new branch on Third Avenue signals more change than just an expansion.

WALLA WALLA -- The first employee of the day walked over the threshold at the Walla Walla Worm Ranch that December morning with knife skills on her mind -- not firearms.

School District plans for state funding cut

Three administrative positions have been cut as part of the savings plan for Walla Walla Public Schools.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Public Schools is budgeting for an expected $1.2 million cut from the state for the upcoming school year.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Focus should be on tax evasion

In your editorial of April 12, you give credence to the view that what's unfair about the U.S. federal income tax system is that low-income people don't pay.

Baseball is terrific game just how it is

The push to speed up the games is misguided. No new rules are needed. Umpires can, if necessary, move games along.

Baseball is a great game that flows. Each pitch is dramatic, suspense builds throughout the game as the situations change.

Emergency Services - 04/16/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Delaynee Jean Cox

To Lindsay and Jeremy Cox, Dayton, a daughter, Delaynee Jean Cox, 7 pounds 8 ounces, April 13, 2010.

In the minutes - Port of Columbia

Port of Columbia commissioners are Lawrence Turner, Gene Warren and Dale McKinley. With all present Wednesday commissioners:

In the minutes - WESTON CITY COUNCIL

Members of the council are Bill Boyd, Chet Mills, and Dennis Snider. One seat is vacant. Mayor is Duane Thul. With all present Wednesday the council:

Crossing the finish line

Walla Walla's Ellen Camp has set a goal of an eight-minute mile as she runs her first Boston Marathon on Monday.

WALLA WALLA — In the 1970s, Ellen Camp was a student at Wellesley College.The brick-hued, tree-lined campus is at the halfway point of the Boston Marathon, and known for the 'screen tunnel,” where Wellesley students line up to cheer. According to one Web

Missionary men favored at NWC tennis tourney

Whitman's men already have the NWC tennis title in hand, and are favored along with the Whitworth women at the annual postseason tournament which begins today.

YAKIMA — With their respective Northwest Conference tennis titles already in hand, the Whitman College men and Whitworth University women are the favorites to pocket the top prizes at this week's annual post-season tournament.The tournament, which takes p

Walla Walla American Legion tryouts April 25

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla American Legion baseball tryouts will be at 1 p.m. April 25 at the Walla Walla Community College field.Tryouts are open to all Walla Walla Valley players ages 15-19, for positions on the Bears, Bruins and Grizzlies Legion teams.A

Irish golfers second at Canyon Lakes

Ryan Baumgart ties for boys medalist with an 84, as both boys and girls finish behind Tri-Cities Prep.

KENNEWICK — DeSales golfers teed up against league rivals on a beautiful day at Canyon Lakes here Thursday.The Irish boys and girls both placed second.'I think a little fatigue set in,” said DeSales head coach Lon Olson. 'Canyon Lakes is rated the toughes

Pomeroy's boys win golf tournament in Clarkston

CLARKSTON — Pomeroy's boys golfers won with an overall score of 163 on nine holes at Quail Ridge Golf Course, and had the medalist with Trevor Koberstein's 38 on the par-36 round.Dayton's boys played, but scoring was incomplete. Dayton's girls beat Orofin

Thursday, April 15

Prescott Library tips its hat to cowboy poetry

It's time for the third annual Prescott Library Cowboy Poetry Week Celebration. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lions Hall, next door to the Prescott Library, 103 S. D St.

Sound and sights fuse in 'Flora and Fauna'

Concert: Symphony Concert "Flora & Fauna" When: 7:30 p.m. April 20

WSU concert choir to sing at Wa-Hi

The Washington State University concert choir will perform in the Walla Walla High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Esterlyn to play in College Place

The Christian band will perform with The Ember Days, Jaicallahan, Brandon Bee and The Storybook Maneuver.

COLLEGE PLACE -- Members of the Boise-based music group Esterlyn are not ashamed of who they are. Their promotional poster, which has been peppered throughout the Walla Walla Valley during the couple of weeks, proudly proclaims at the top of the page that they are a Christian band with "Rejoice in the Lord Tour" as the name of their 20-city North American tour.

Tranny Roadshow stops in Walla Walla

The Tranny Roadshow will bring free entertainment to audiences t 7 p.m. Sunday in Whitman College's Reid Campus Center Ballroom.

Fiddler, poet, storyteller stops at BMCC

PENDLETON -- Fiddling poet Ken Waldman will be artist-in-residence at True West, New West, this year's spring Arts and Culture Festival at Blue Mountain Community College.

Sweet Adelines, WWCC drama students to perform

The Blue Mountain Chorus of Sweet Adelines International and the Walla Walla Community College drama department will join together to perform at 7 p.m. Sunday in First Presbyterian Church, 325 S. First Ave.

New at the library

"Hostels U.S.A." is the definitive hostel guide. Providing the inside scoop on hostels throughout the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, this indispensable resource makes planning your trip a snap.

Value from the Loire and Down Under

It's no exaggeration to say that it has been at least 15 years since I've seen such a deluge of fine wines coming into the marketplace at truly affordable prices.

Early merchant portrayed at Fort WW Museum

Fort Walla Walla Museum's Living History Portrayal of early Walla Walla merchant Sigmund Schwabacher will be 2 p.m. Sunday.

Show-N-Shine Poker Run and Barbecue Event April 24

COLLEGE PLACE -- The second annual Show-N-Shine, Poker Run and Barbecue Event fundraiser, sponsored by Combat Veterans International, Chapter 10 and R.I.D.E.R of Washington, will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 24 in Lions Park on S.E. Eighth Street and Larch

WWFAM to host contra dance

Walla Walla Friends of Acoustic Music will host a contra dance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Unity Church building, 810 C St.

Marcus Whitman starts music series

The Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center will kick off a monthly music series at 8 p.m. Friday with Portland-based band The Strange Tones.

M-F will hold luncheon for Administrative Professionals Day

Milton-Freewater will hold its 13th Administrative Professionals Day luncheon from11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 21 in the M-F Community Building, 109 N.E. Fifth St. The event, which originally started out as Secretaries Day, is sponsored by Oregon First Credit

Plan to expand prison in Walla Walla makes sense

Walla Walla is in a better position in the long run to accommodate new and expanded prison facilities.

The Legislature got it right when it rejected closing the main institution at the Washington State Penitentiary and opted to not tinker with the staffing level at the prison.Instead, lawmakers wisely took a more forward-thinking approach and approved fund

New season for farmers market set to begin May 1

Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market will begin the 2010 season May 1.

Three books serve up a taste of far away places

I often hunger for memoirs, biographies and other books about social studies, history and the human condition. Doors opened for me in high school through language arts courses.

Auditions to be held for musical show in M-F

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Auditions for "A Fabulous Night at The Golden Garter Music Hall" will be by appointment from 7-10 p.m. May 3 and 4 at First Christian Church, 518 S. Main St.

Etcetera - 04/15/10

With the gracious consent of homeowner Stephanie Dorgan, Blue Mountain Heart to Heart's annual Dinner for Friends with Friends 2010 Gala will be held this year at the former territorial governor's mansion at 720 Bryant Ave.Early in the decade, Stephanie r

April music events at Whitman

Whitman College Department of Music presents the following free April musical events:

Court Report - Superior Court


John C. Jackson, 20, 4 Newell St., was sentenced April 12 on two counts third-degree possession of stolen property. The sentence included restitution of $2,539, $200 in court costs, $62 in sheriff fees, $500 to the crime victims compensation fund, $775 in

In the minutes - Dixie School Board

Members of the Dixie School Board are Javin Berg, Debra Tiner, Richard Berrier, Kelly Dabulskis and Gene Wilks. With Tiner absent Monday the board:

In the minutes - Waitsburg School Board

Members of the Waitsburg School Board are Ross Hamann, Marilyn Johnson, Terry Jacoy, Randy Pearson and Greg Zuger. With all present Wednesday the board:

In the minutes - Starbuck City Council

Members of the Starbuck City Council are Katherine Shearer, Veronica McCoy, Keith Wharton, Richard Ells, and Fred White. Mayor is Darcy Linklater. With all present Tuesday the council:

Emergency services - 04/15/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Tumac to host Demo Days

In the market for a mower? Feel like testing a tractor?Tumac Machinery hosts its Demo Days on Saturday. The farm, landscaping and outdoor equipment retailer will showcase its inventory in a public event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Chamber music Gold Passes on sale

Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival Gold Passes are now on sale. There are a limited number of these passes, which grant the holders admission to all Festival events and a special party on June 17. The price is $120.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Yes, let's debate scientific facts

I am glad to see that the U-B is read by Bert Bowler in Boise. A quick look on the Internet revealed Snake River Salmon Solutions is a coalition dedicated to breaching the lower Snake River Dams. Bert said the majority of fisheries scientists support br

Look inside historic homes on Sweet Home Walla Walla Tour

Kirkman House Museum's 2010 Sweet Home Walla Walla Tour will be 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 25.

Weston City Council to vote on local law enforcement district

The proposed district would cover the same area as the East Umatilla Fire District and eventually have four full-time officers.

WESTON -- A proposed law enforcement district would provide stable, effective, affordable policing under local control, according to proponents of the plan.Weston City Council will vote tonight whether to support a local law enforcement district that woul

Trial delayed in rape, kidnapping case

Juan C. Villegas is accused of abducting a female acquaintance and attaking her in 2006.

WALLA WALLA -- A trial scheduled next week for a man facing charges stemming from a reported rape and kidnapping in 2006 has been postponed a second time in Walla Walla County Superior Court.Juan C. Villegas, 25, who lists an address in Fontana, Calif., h

DMV office in Milton-Freewater to be closed Friday

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The state Driver and Motor Vehicle Division office, 295 N. Columbia St., will be closed Friday.The closure is the fourth of 10 statewide mandatory unpaid days off for employees ordered as a cost-saving measure by the state Legislature.

Lack of quorum cancels Walla Walla County Planning workshop

Lack of a quorum caused the cancellation of a workshop by the Walla Walla County Planning Commission Wednesday.The next scheduled meeting of the Planning Commission will be on May 5, said Tom Glover, county community development director.

Walla Walla men face charges in 2009 burglary in Dayton

DAYTON -- Two Walla Walla men are scheduled to appear in Columbia County Superior Court today for arraignment on charges related to a burglary in October 2009.Kevin Hunt, 22, last know address 500 block of S. Second Street, Walla Walla, and Dustin Rand, 2

Man injured in wreck returns to Walla Walla to share thanks, hope

Nick Maniscalo, injured in 2008, will speak at area churches this weekend.

Nick Maniscalco will be in town this weekend to repay this community the best he can.Maniscalco, 21, will speak at City Church of Seventh-day Adventists and Walla Walla University Church this weekend, telling his personal tale that began 26 months ago.He

$n$ Prizes, awards to be given to participants of Walla Walla-area Earth Day events

People who find alternative transportation April 22 may report on their way to work or school and thus enter a contest to win a new bike.

As part of next week's Earth Day events, the Walla Walla Area Earth Day Coordinating Committee will present awards and donated prizes to businesses, agencies and schools with the most members getting to work or school by green modes, such as bicycles, wal

$n$ Walla Walla City Council OKs review panel for program

Shane Laib and Jim Barrow opposed forming a committee of residents to help provide oversight for the infrastructure work.

WALLA WALLA -- Council members argued at Wednesday's meeting over the formation of a citizen's review panel for the IRRP, and backed off completely on the formation of a transportation benefit district.Council members Shane Laib and Jim Barrow voted again

$n$ Walla Walla infrastructure program OK'd

Rate hikes will start in June and a bond sale is expected to kick-start construction.

WALLA WALLA -- The City Council on Wednesday approved the Infrastructure Repair and Replacement Plan, paving the way for replacing 1.5 miles per year of deteriorating roads and underground pipe, and paying for that work with increases in utility rates and

Walla Walla businesses work to accommodate last-minute tax filers

Tax preparation offices in the city are pulling all-nighters to accommodate last-minute filers.

WALLA WALLA -- They've waved at drivers from the seat of a unicycle. From 7 feet in the air bouncing on spring-loaded stilts. Rocking out to music on their earphones. Dressed as Lady Liberty. But never, until Wednesday, in the dead of night.In the last-mi

DEATH NOTICE - Orville Patton

Nov. 9, 1943 — April 14, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Shirley Land

Jan. 13, 1935 - April 13, 2010

Tony Leroue

June 14, 1963 - April 3, 2010


March 3, 1946 - April 11, 2010

Carman releases new novel, 'Thirteen Days to Midnight'

The moment before 15-year-old Jacob Fielding loses his foster father in a violent crash, he inherits an unusual power that alters his reality and changes his views on life and death. Jacob is the main character of "Thirteen Days to Midnight," the newest n

VIDEO - Inside the Whitman Central Corridor Project

COLLEGE PLACE -- Some major changes are on track for one of the main roads in College Place.The Whitman Central Corridor Project is slated to get under way early this summer, and it will put a new face on the city's main east-west pathway.Among the bigges

$n$ A fine day at Blue Mountain Track Meet

Chinonso Opara and Casey Roosma lead WWVA with a total of five victories, and DeSales has four top finishes Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA — Tuesday was a nice day to spend outside.And for athletes from five Class 2B teams at the Blue Mountain Track Meet, it was a nice day to compete.Track and field athletes from DeSales, Walla Walla Valley Academy, Asotin, Garfield-Palouse and S

$n$ OUTDOORS - A Sunday Drive

turns into a trip down Nostalgia Lane on a rambling drive through Northeast Oregon.

I slept too late to go fishing on a recent chilly and windy Sunday.Well, that was my excuse. Actually, I didn't feel like cleaning a bunch of fish.Really.Then, with most of the morning gone, my wife Darlene said, 'Let's go for a drive.”Nora the Schnauzer

Richland dominates girls pod match

RICHLAND — Host Richland dominated a girls Big Nine Conference pod-match golf tournament here Wednesday at Horn Rapids by placing four players among the top six individually and winning by 47 strokes in the team competition.The Bombers compiled a 321 team

$n$ Reinland again sets pace for Wa-Hi boys

Drew Reinland wins by a stroke over West Valley's Eric Graubrot at the Big Nine pod-match at Apple Tree.

YAKIMA — Wa-Hi senior Drew Reinland set the pace here again Wednesday in the Big Nine Conference's third boys pod-match golf tournament.Reinland, who has already signed to play at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston next year, toured the par-72 Apple Tr

$n$ Warriors pull out split in Spokane

WWCC's baseball team drops a 4-3, 12-inning opener, but rally to down the Sasquatch, 4-1, in the nightcap.

SPOKANE — Effective small ball and solid pitching carried Walla Walla to a 4-1 victory over Spokane here Wednesday in the second game of an NWAACC Eastern Division baseball doubleheader after the Warriors had squandered one scoring opportunity after anoth

$n$ Helix trades victories

HELIX — Umatilla's JV team swept the Helix varsity girls but was swept in return by the boys in a tennis match here Tuesday.The girls lost to Helix 5-0. The boys won 9-0.

$n$ Waitsburg-Prescott dominates at Colfax meet

Two athletes win two events and four others win one each for Waitsburg-Prescott at the Colfax track meet on Tuesday.

COLFAX — Wyatt Withers and Seth Deal won two events each here Wednesday and four other Waitsburg-Prescott athletes won a single event as the W-P boys dominated a small-school track and field meet.Withers recorded his double in the triple jump, where he cl

Wednesday, April 14

Lessons swirl art, art history

WALLA WALLA — Following a lesson on the artist Marc Chagall, an art lesson.The close to 30 students in Robin Peterson's third-grade class at Green Park Elementary listened as Cyndy Knight demonstrated how to dab paint on a piece of Plexiglas, fold a blank

Trial delayed in rape, kidnapping case

Juan C. Villegas is accused of abducting a female acquaintance and attaking her in 2006.

WALLA WALLA -- A trial scheduled next week for a man facing charges stemming from a reported rape and kidnapping in 2006 has been postponed a second time in Walla Walla County Superior Court.Juan C. Villegas, 25, who lists an address in Fontana, Calif., h

Richard Alpha Fulgham

March 31, 1923 – April 9, 2010

Louis John Rizzuti

March 22, 1917 – April 7, 2010

Helen Virginia 'Ginnie” Miller

December 18, 1925 - Sunday, April 11, 2010

Early learning group wins grant for literacy work

Thrive by Five Washington awarded $50,000 to the Early Learning Coalition to buy books.

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Valley Early Learning Coalition recently secured a $50,000 grant from Thrive by Five Washington to support literacy among the area's youngest children.

Emergency Services - 04/14/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Milton-Freewater superintendent to step down

Marilyn McBride plans to make the next school year her last at the helm of Milton-Freewater schools.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Milton-Freewater School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Marilyn McBride on Tuesday night, effective at the end of the next school year.

Burbank Library to host poetry slam Thursday

BURBANK -- Burbank Public Library will hold its sixth annual Poetry Slam Thursday.

Pataha Valley Praise Gathering set for Saturday

POMEROY -- The Pataha Flour Mill's Pataha Valley Praise Gathering will feature a spring-time theme. The music event is Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Mill.

In the minutes - College Place School Board

Board member are Doug Case, chair; Marci Knauft, vice-chair; Todd Stubblefield, Brian Maiden and Troy Fitzgerald. With all present Tuesday, the board:

In the minutes - Milton-Freewater School Board

Board members are Don Miller, chair; Duane Geyer, vice-chair; Dennis Burks, George Gillette, Sharee LaRue-Wright, Tim McElrath and Ken Sloan.With all present Tuesday, the board:

Jobless rate falls, as do jobs

The unemployment rate stands at 8 percent for Walla Walla County.

Walla Walla County's unemployment rate decreased in March, but so did the number of nonfarm jobs in the community, according to figures released Tuesday from the Employment Security Department.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Change even we can believe in

Just over a year ago, my wife Amy and I left Walla Walla to move to Washington, D.C.

Legislature's budget patch won't hold

The budget fix uses more federal bailout money and one-time accounting maneuvers.

So, after going nearly a month over schedule the Legislature has filled the $2.8 billion budget gap. Or has it?

State budget includes Highway 12 funds

The Legislature's transportation bill includes $2 million for the seventh phase of construction.

WALLA WALLA -- The budget package approved by the Legislature this week has some good news for the U.S. Highway 12 widening project.

Bike races come to city streets, county roads

Traffic will be affected as the annual Tour of Walla Walla runs Friday through Sunday.

WALLA WALLA -- Starting Friday, local drivers will need to keep their eyes open for bicyclists.

Etcetera - 04/14/10

Boy Scouts of America continues its celebration this year of a century of working with America's youth. Since its beginning, BSA has used advancement to achieve its aims: character building, citizenship training and physical and mental fitness through Cub

Sarah Lyon

Oct. 2, 1916 - April 12, 2010

Kathryn Shelton

April 18, 1910 — April 1, 2010

Gloria Drake

April 9, 1927 - April 10, 2010

Sixth innings decide Warriors' split

The WWCC softball team rallies in the sixth inning of the opener for a win, and then CBC does the same in the nightcap to earn the split.

WALLA WALLA — The sixth inning proved to be pivotal in both ends of a NWAACC East Region softball twin bill here Tuesday night.Walla Walla Community College wiped out a 4-3 Columbia Basin lead with a five-spot in the sixth of the opener, and went on to po

Rockets win baseball pitchers' duel with TigerScots, 2-0

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen lost a baseball pitchers' duel, 2-0, to Pilot Rock here Tuesday.'It was a classic pitchers' duel,” said Weston-McEwen head coach T.J. Haguewood.The one-hour, 12-minute game had good defense, he said.

Pirates split softball twin bill with Eagles

POMEROY — Sophomore right-hander HayLee Koller pitched Pomeroy to a 4-1 victory here Tuesday in the first game of a Southeast B District Northern Division softball doubleheader.Koller struck out 17 Eagles batters, walked just one and had a no-hitter going

Pioneer tennis teams pick up victories over Weston-McEwen, Pendleton

MILTON FREEWATER — The Pioneers beat two Oregon foes in two matches on their home courts Tuesday.The Pioneer girls swept Weston-McEwen, 4-0, and the boys came off a 9-3 loss at Pendleton Monday to win 3-1 over the TigerScots.Ione also came to play. The Ma

Whitman April Madness continues through May 9

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College is having April Madness Basktball Clinics on five Sundays into May. They began last Sunday, and continue this Sunday, April 25, and May 2 and 9, from 1-2:30 p.m.The clinics are for boys ages 8-14, conducted by Whitman men's b

St. John-Endicott smacks 31 hits in baseball sweep of Pomeroy

POMEROY — J.C. West led the way with five hits as St. John-Endicott pounded out 31 hits on the day in sweeping a Southeast B District Northern Division baseball doubleheader from Pomeroy here Tuesday, 22-8 and 15-3.The games were originally scheduled to b

Coyotes can't close out victory over Irish     

Coyotes can't close out victory over Irish

WALLA WALLA — DeSales broke open a pitchers' duel with two runs in its final at-bat — courtesy of zero hits — to defeat Columbia-Burbank, 3-1, in non-league baseball action at Borleske Stadium Tuesday afternoon.The Irish walked three times in the sixth in

TigerScots' rally falls short in 6-4 softball loss to Pilot Rock

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen posted a rally late in the game, but it wasn't enough to overcome Pilot Rock's six-run lead in a 6-4 softball loss here Tuesday.The Rockets built a 6-0 lead heading into Weston-McEwen's turn in the fourth inning, and the TigerScots

Mac-Hi's Verady shoots 105 at La Grande Country Club

LA GRANDE — Mac-Hi's only girl's golfer shot a 105 here Tuesday.Allison Verady played against Pendleton, La Grande, Hermiston, Heppner, Ontario and Baker at the La Grande Country Club.

Unusual day for Dayton golfers in four-team match at Tekoa Golf Club

TEKOA — Dayton, Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia, St. John-Endicott and Asotin played 18 holes on an unusual day on the par-70 Tekoa Golf Club Tuesday.Full scores weren't available, and weather was a factor.'It poured the first couple of holes, and then the wind c

Marjorie Schnebly

Jan. 22, 1921 - April 12, 2010

Herb C. Scudder

Jan. 16, 1928 — April 9, 2010

Madeline Dobbins

1915 - 2010

Tuesday, April 13

Washington State Penitentiary, Walla Walla County winners in recently-passed state budget

WALLA WALLA — Washington State Penitentiary, and Walla Walla County, won 'two key victories” in the recently-passed state budget, local officials said today.Language in the budget approved by the state House and Senate contains $6.8 million to design new

Milton-Freewater School Board executive session cancelled

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Milton-Freewater School Board has canceled an executive session scheduled tonight at 5 p.m. The board will still hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

FOOD & FAMILY - Film looks at gender issues teens face at school

Despite a few decades passing since she attended high school, things seem unhappily familiar to Debra Chasnoff.Chasnoff is the president of Groundspark, a film company that specializes in producing films about issues facing today's families.Making 'Straig

Sharpstein principal chosen for administrative slot

Laure Quaresma will take over as executive director of personnel, replacing Deputy Superintendent Bill Jordan, who is retiring.

WALLA WALLA -- Sharpstein Elementary Principal Laure Quaresma has been chosen to be Walla Walla Public School's new executive director of personnel, the district announced today.

Man sentenced in drug case

David S. Carlisle pleaded guilty in March to drug charges related to a 2008 case.

WALLA WALLA -- A man was sentenced Monday to time-served after pleading guilty last month in a two-year-old drug case.

Tax prep firm holds 'block party'

H&R Block is celebrating the end of tax season with a "Block Party" hosted by Eastgate businesses.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Give bees a break when killing weeds

As you can tell, it's dandelion season again. Bees gather part of their medicines for the hive from dandelions, other herbs and wild medicinal plants (weeds).

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - An apology sets us free, right?

To everyone, I apologize. I take full responsibility though I was 70 percent right. If I was ever wrong, it was only because everyone else was also wrong.

Threats against political leaders can't be tolerated

The FBI is wisely taking these threats seriously.

Political debate in America has become uncivilized far too often.

Etcetera - 04/13/10

Dan Greenwood, who died in April 2009, has left a legacy to a young area musician according to Walla Walla Blues Society's March Blues News newsletter.

Cause investigated of Monday fire at manufacturing company

WALLA WALLA -- Fire officials are still investigating the cause of a fire that damaged a local manufacturing company Monday.

Water Control District Board meets today in Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Milton-Freewater Water Control District Board will meet today at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 722 S. Main St.

Emergency Services - 04/13/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim


When: Thursday, 6 p.m.Where: City Hall, 114 E. Main.


When: Tuesday, 6 p.m.Where: Dixie School


When: Wednesday, 8 p.m. Where: Preston Hall

On The Agenda - Port of Columbia

When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.Where: Port Office, 1 Port Way, Dayton

In the minutes - DAYTON COUNCIL

Members of the City Council are Christine Broughton, Kathy Berg, Merle Jackson, Terry Herrin, Micki Varney, Charlie Button and Bill Graham. Mayor is Craig George. With Varney absent Monday the council:


Members of the Prescott School Board are Erik Young, Sara Fletcher, Pam Stueckle, Eva Madrigal and Karen Tonne. With Madrigal and Stueckle absent Monday the board:

In the minutes - Garfield County

Garfield County commissioners are Dean Burton, Wynne McCabe and Robert Johnson. With all present Monday commissioners:

In the minutes - WW County

Walla Walla County Commissioners are Greg Tompkins, Perry Dozier and Gregg Loney. With Tompkins absent, commissioners Monday voted as follows:

Jackson Barry Whitmire III

To Kathryn Brewer and Jackson Whitmire, Walla Walla, a son, Jackson Barry Whitmire III, 8 pounds 2 ounces, Apr. 2, 2010.

Janie Chromie

Oct. 3, 1942 - April 9, 2010

Nancy Gerking

Sept. 11, 1935 - April 9, 2010

Avis Flaskerud

Oct. 26, 1924 - April 8, 2010

Stars align for annual Tour of Walla Walla

Bulgarian cycling champ Ivailo Gabroski headlines a field of about 600 cyclists at this weekend's Tour.

WALLA WALLA — Cycling fans, cross your fingers for good weather.The 14th annual Tour of Walla Walla runs Friday through Sunday, rain or shine, on city streets and country roads.This year's registration is the highest the tour's had, said founder and organ

Indians undefeated with sweep of Jags

RICHLAND — Touchet kept its undefeated streak going with two District 9 Class 1B victories over Tri-Cities Prep here Monday.The Indians record improved to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in league.The Indians eked out an 8-7 win in the first game against the Jaguars,

Wa-Hi's Schilling to continue football career at Linfield College

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi running back and linebacker Austin Schilling will continue his football career at Linfield College this fall.Schilling, at 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, was the Big Nine Conference Cascade Division's third-leading rusher last season with 9

Walla Walla Xplosion 4-2 at Ice Breaker Softball Tournament

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Xplosion 10-and-under girls softball team finished with a record of 4-2 in the NSA Ice Breaker Softball Tournament held in the Tri-Cities over the weekend. The tournament featured 15 teams from Oregon and Washington.The Xplos

Warrior golfers 4th in Wenatchee

WENATCHEE — Walla Walla Community College's golfers finished a Northwest Athletic Association Conference league match at Wenatchee with a pair of fourth-place finishes Monday.The two-day tournament finished at the Highlander Golf Course. The Warriors' hig

Buckaroos throw Pioneer boys net team, 9-3

MILTON-FREEWATER - The Pioneers' boys tennis team lost, 9-3, to Pendleton here Monday."It's always nice playing Pendleton," said Mac-Hi coach Michelle Snyder. "They have a good team and it is big enough that a lot of my players get to play. We lost 9-3, b

Mary Ellen Munnick

November 29, 1914 --March 30, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Herbert Scudder

Jan. 16, 1928 — April 9, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Marjorie Schnebley

Jan. 22, 1921 - April 12, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Nancy Barrett

Dec. 7, 1932 — April 11, 2010


Oct. 2, 1916 - April 12, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Margaret Johnson

Oct. 8, 1925 — April 9, 2010

Trial date set in Walla Walla cocaine-dealing case

Roman Garcia is accused of dealing drugs out of a house across the street from Garrison Middle School.

WALLA WALLA -- A man who allegedly dealt drugs out of his home directly across the street from Garrison Middle School pleaded innocent Monday to six felony charges.Trial for Roman Garcia, 22, of 258 Willard St., is scheduled for June 2 and 3 in Walla Wall

Walla Walla infrastructure plan to go to vote

A revamped, renamed plan to deal with city streets and water and sewer pipes heads to the City Council on Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA -- After more than three months of additional study and numerous information meetings, including four town hall-style meetings, city officials will ask the City Council on Wednesday night to approve their Infrastructure Sustainability Plan, bu

Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce endorses infrastructure plan

The threat of contamination of drinking water spurred the group to endorse the city plan.

WALLA WALLA -- The Chamber of Commerce gave its approval this week for a city proposal to replace its failing infrastructure of underground water and sewer pipes, as well as the roads above those pipes, and paying for the decades of work with a 50 percent

Officials urge fire defense preparations

Fire officials, who have been thinning fuel in the Mill Creek Watershed, hope homeowners will take the same steps ahead of fire season.

INDIAN RIDGE -- Although wildfire season is still months away, fire officials are urging rural homeowners to start thinking about how to defend their homes."It doesn't take a lot of work, just little things," such as removing combustible materials like pi

Monday, April 12

Four Walla Walla men arrested in La Grande on drug charges

LA GRANDE, Ore. — Four Walla Walla men were arrested in La Grande, Ore., on Thursday on suspicion of possessing several pounds of marijuana, worth about $10,000, authorities said.The men are: Edwin F. Sebastian, 24; Rodolfo D. Vasquez, 23; Abel J. Trejo,

Whitman men perfect in NWC tennis again

The Whits complete their second straight unbeaten league season with two wins over Whitworth.

SPOKANE -- For seven seniors on the Whitman College men's tennis team, Sunday's two Northwest Conference victories over Whitworth in Spokane are triumphs to be cherished.

Whit women nail down third in tennis standings

WALLA WALLA -- Nailing down third place in the final Northwest Conference women's tennis standings, Whitman College outpointed visiting Willamette 7-2 Sunday morning on the Missionaries' outdoor campus courts.

Holland cards 93 to lead Whitman women in Yakima

YAKIMA -- Caitlin Holland, one of three first-year golfers playing for Whitman College, shot 93 to give the Missionaries their best Sunday score as the Northwest Conference Women's Spring Golf Classic concluded at the Apple Tree Golf Course.

Whits' Campbell finishes three strokes back of leader

MOSES LAKE -- Posting his second straight strong round, Whitman College senior Steve Campbell finished fourth -- just three strokes off medalist honors -- as the Northwest Conference Spring Golf Classic here concluded Sunday.

Neher's 68 paces WWCC men in Wenatchee

WENATCHEE -- Walla Walla's Jeff Neher birdied the final three holes here Sunday at the Highlander Golf Club and held a share of the lead going into today's second and final round of the season's first NWAACC men's golf counter.

Missionaries no match for Boxers in baseball matchup

Whitman falls behind 6-0 in the first two innings as Pacific notches a 7-4 NWC baseball win.

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- Unable to offset a 6-0 deficit after the first two innings, Whitman College dropped a 7-4 Northwest Conference baseball decision to Pacific University here Sunday afternoon.

DeBroeck, Wenatchee Valley humble Wolves in softball doubleheader

Kelsie DeBroeck collects five hits on the day as Wenatchee rolls past WW University 13-1 and 8-0 in non-league softball play.

COLLEGE PLACE -- NWAACC powerhouse Wenatchee Valley put up 21 runs and 29 hits during a collegiate softball doubleheader with Walla Walla University here Sunday afternoon at the Hebbel-Janke Softball Complex.


After cutting holes in large roll-up doors, firefighteres work to extinguish a smokey blaze at Reiff Manufacturing Monday morning.

Starbuck Council to meet Tuesday evening at City Hall

STARBUCK _ The Starbuck City Council meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The only item on the agenda is routine business.

Columbia School Board plans workshop, budget talk

BURBANK -- The Columbia School Board will hold a regular board meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in the district's administration office, 755 Maple St.

Wash. secretary of state to be featured on KWCW show

Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed will talk with members of the State of the State for Washington Latinos Project about voting and civic engagement today from 6-7:30 p.m. on KWCW 90.5 FM. KWCW is Whitman College's student-run radio station.

College Place School board to meet on atypical date

COLLEGE PLACE -- The College Place School Board will hold its regular monthly meeting Tuesday in its district conference room, above the gym at Sager Middle School.

Book giveaway for teens Tuesday at rural libraries

Copies of a Sherman Alexie's book, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" will be given free to teenagers at all Walla Walla County Rural Library District branch libraries Tuesday.

On the agenda - Dayton Council

When: Today, 7 p.m. Where: City Hall, 111 S. First St.

On the agenda - Milton-Freewater School Board

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m. An executive session will be held at 5 p.m.Where: McLoughlin High School music room, 120 S. Main St.

On the agenda - Touchet School Board

When: Today, 6:30 p.m.Where: School library

Etcetera - 04/12/10

A 2010 City of Trees Arbor Day Award will be presented to Blue Ridge Elementary School PTA and former Principal Connie Taylor-Randall during the Walla Walla City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in City Hall. Thirty-seven Blue Ridge students and the

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - U-B editorial circulates dam-breaching myths

A recent editorial in the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin claims studying removal of the lower Snake River dams is absurd.

Federal income tax fairness may depend on whether you pay the tax

The Tax Policy Center has concluded that 46.9 percent of households do not pay any income tax.

A lot of folks are giving thought to taxes these days. After all, the deadline to file federal income tax returns -- April 15 -- is fast approaching.

Walla Walla Bread Company expands hours, menu

The downtown Walla Walla business, which specializes in artisan breads and fresh-made treats, has opened a dining room. Owners Michael and Rachel Kline have also added sandwiches and soup to the mix at 225 E. Main St.

Judith Teresa Nateras Mendoza

To Maria Mendoza and Rene Nateras, College Place, a daughter, Judith Teresa Nateras Mendoza, 6 pounds 8 ounces, April 9, 2010.

Angel Ramirez

To Lucia Lopez and Mario Ramirez, Walla Walla, a son, Angel Ramirez, 7 pounds 8 1/2 ounces, April 7, 2010.

Jerid Joe Russell

To Karina and Jerid Russell, Walla Walla, a son, Jerid Joe Russell, 7 pounds 7 ounces, April 7, 2010.

Emergency Services - 04/12/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Superior Court Report

Paul E. Mellish, 57, 1121 N. 12th Ave., was charged April 7 with two counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Mellish is accused of unlawfully manufacturing marijuana and unlawfully possessing marijuana with the intent to deliver it o

Fire hits Reiff Manufacturing near Walla Walla Airport

Reiff Manufacturing's facility near the Walla Walla Regional Airport was badly damaged this morning.

WALLA WALLA -- A local manufacturing company was heavily damaged by fire this morning.Firefighters with Walla Walla Fire District 4 were called to Reiff Manufacturing, 670 B St., shortly before 9:30 a.m. for a warehouse fire. The fire appeared to be burni

Alice Hoy

April 17, 1910 - February 3, 2010

Roger Thiesen

April 11, 1936 - January 25, 2010

Youngsters gathered for robotics competition at Walla Walla University

Youngsters gathered Sunday for a robotics competition that teachers hope will help instill a love of science, math and engineering.

COLLEGE PLACE -- The young and the little took on some big concepts in engineering -- calibration, alignment, traction, failure and especially success -- as they honed their scientific skills Sunday at Walla Walla University's fifth annual North Pacific R

Walla Walla University engineering group expands school in Honduras

A group from Walla Walla University also plans a fundraiser to help pay for future work in the country.

Over spring break, a team of eight representatives from Walla Walla University spent their days working with the community members of a village in Luis Garcia Bustamante, Honduras. They were all part of WWU's chapter of Engineers Without Borders, and thei

LETTERS FROM AFGHANISTAN - Easter a far cry from years past, but fulfilling

My Easter Sunday last weekend was spent like any other Sunday. Once the evening rolled around, however, I figured I would take some time to talk with and hang out with the Afghan National Army Brigade S2 shop.My parents had sent me some canned oysters and

SIMPLY DIGITAL - Down time can pay off as chance for preparation

It was raining and as I walked into the classroom at Walla Walla Community College the students seemed to be disheartened knowing our vineyard field trip would be canceled.I knew I had to quickly change the agenda to recapture the students' attention. It

DEATH NOTICE - Madeline Dobbins

April 18 , 1915 - April 9, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Gloria Drake

April 9, 1927 - April 10, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Helen Miller

Dec. 18, 1925 - Aprill 11, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Paulene Barnett

Aug. 24, 1920 - April 10, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Louis Ruzzuti

March 3, 1917 - April 7, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Frances Pinkerton

April 8, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Avis Flaskerud

Oct. 26, 1924 — April 8, 2010

DEATH NOTICE - Nancy Gerking

Sept. 11, 1935 — April 9, 2010

Sunday, April 11

On the agenda - Milton-Freewater City Council

When: Monday 7 p.m.Where: 8 S.W. Eighth Ave, Public Library Albee Room

On the agenda - Athena-Westin School Board

When: Monday, 7 p.m. Dinner is being provided and starts at 6 p.m.Where: Long House, Mission, Ore.

On the agenda - Dixie School Board

When: Monday, 6 p.m.Where: Dixie School.

On the agenda - Prescott School Board

When: 6 a.m. Monday.Where: Board Room.What: Work session and special meeting.

On the agenda - College Place

When: 7 p.m. Monday.Where: College Place City Hall, 625 S. College Ave.

Warriors slip by, shut out Yakima Valley in NWAACC East twin bill

The Warriors allow the Yaks to score five unanswered runs in the first game but come back to win, 8-7.

WALLA WALLA — Third baseman Lyndsey Minnich belted a two-out, two-run home run to end a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday night, lifting Walla Walla Community College to an 8-7 victory over Yakima Valley in the first game of an NW

DeSales takes baseball doubleheader off Waitsburg-Prescott

DeSales' pitchers keep W-P nearly hitless in two games for 8-0, 10-0 wins.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales pitchers struck out 24 batters in a Southeast 2B twin-bill baseball blanking of Waitsburg-Prescott here Saturday afternoon at Ray Lane Field.The Irish won 8-0 in game one and 10-0 in a five-inning, mercy rule shortened game two.Pat R

No. 2 Blue Devils softball team remain undefeated

Wa-Hi's pitching duo of Hope Klicker and Alyson Ambler keep Eastmont off balance for two 10-0 wins.

WALLA WALLA — The lefty-righty pitching combination of Hope Klicker and Alyson Ambler powered Wa-Hi to a 10-0, 10-0 sweep of Eastmont here Friday in Cascade Division girls softball action.Southpaw Klicker opened the double bill with a six-inning no-hitter

Mac-Hi splits softball games

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi's softball team split a pair of games with the Baker Bulldogs, winning 3-2 and losing 7-2, in the Greater Oregon League openers for both schools.The pitchers' duel in game one was Shawney Garcia of Mac-Hi versus Tori Brown of Bak

Pomeroy boys take win on home golf course

POMEROY — Trevor Koberstein made his own Masters moment at Crystal Springs Golf Course here Saturday, holding off DeSales' Ryan Baumgart by a stroke on the final hole for medalist honors, while leading his Pomeroy boys quintet to victory over Southeast B

WWCC hosting spring youth soccer academy

Walla Walla Community College and the Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department are hosting a spring soccer academy April 19-May 19.Warrior soccer players will teach the academy.Participants will be divided into separate groups based on gender and age.

Whitman men in first after opening round of golf tourney

MOSES LAKE, Wash. — Whitman College senior Steve Campbell fired a 2-over par 74 and was tied for sixth place after Saturday's opening round of the Northwest Conference Spring Golf Classic.Linfield's Tyler Nelson topped the leaderboard at 4-under par 68. T

Mac-Hi golfer Varady shoots 108 in Pendleton tourney

PENDLETON — Mac-Hi's Allison Varady was the lone Pioneer to travel to the Pendleton Girls Tournament Friday, shooting a 108 in her first tournament of the year to finish in the top 10. 'She hit the ball really well,” Mac-Hi coach Elizabeth Ellis said, 'bu

Baseball Cubs holding tryouts for traveling summer team

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Valley Select Baseball Cubs traveling summer team is having tryouts from 1-3 p.m. today and April 18 at the Wa-Hi junior varsity/frosh field.Players are required to attend only one tryout. Ages 14-16 may try out for 14-16 roster

Pari-mutuel races at Walla Walla County Fairgrounds May 8-9

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Fairgrounds Spring Race featuring pari-mutuel horse racing being held in conjunction with the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede is slated for May 8-9. An item in Thursday's U-B had the races set this weekend.The free horse

Walla Walla youth track and field meet scheduled April 18

The biannual All-Comers Youth Track and Field meet is scheduled for 3 p.m. April 18 at Borleske Stadium Track. Kids 12 and under can participate in the event, which includes a variety of events for different age groups. There will be several age brackets,

Trio of Blue Devil girls take fifth at Tri-City tennis invite

KENNEWICK — A trio of Wa-Hi girls' tennis players placed fifth at the Tri-City Invitational tennis championships that ended Saturday at Kennewick High School.Presley Peck, Tianna Cummings and Allison Henkel each won a pair of matches during the two-day ev

Blue Devils combine for 11th-place tennis finish

KENNEWICK, Wash. — A pair of Wa-Hi Blue Devils men's tennis players finished fifth, Jack Crouter and Ruben Kuznetsov, while Cameron Davis finished sixth in singles' action over the weekend at the Tri-City Invitational championships.'Ruben ran off five str

Whitman's Saito leads Whitman women in spring classic

YAKIMA — Whitman College junior Sydney Saito shot 93 to pace Whitman College in Saturday's opening round of the Northwest Conference Women's Spring Golf Classic.The 36-hole tournament, which is taking place at the Apple Tree Golf Course (5,847 yards), con

Pioneers hand Weston-McEwen pair of tennis losses

ATHENA — Mac-Hi's boys and girls took team tennis triumphs from Weston-McEwen's TigerScots in Special District 7 hardcourt action here Saturday.The Pioneer boys split two singles matches, and swept two doubles bouts. The Pioneer girls, meanwhile, lost the

Pacific overcome Whitman's first-game effort

Blaine Mercado's start on the mound and offense is for naught as Pacific rallies for the 7-4 opening win, and then takes the 11-4 nightcap victory.

FOREST GROVE, Ore. — Pacific University rallied for a 7-4 game-one victory and then completed a Northwest Conference doubleheader sweep of Whitman College with an 11-4 victory here in the Saturday afternoon nightcap.Whitman broke open a pitcher's duel in

Pirates, Irish tops on Pomeroy course

POMEROY — Pomeroy and DeSales golfers earned the top four spots in boys play here Saturday.The boys medalist was Pomeroy's Trevor Koberstein, who shot a 73 on the course. DeSales' Ryan Baumgart was one stroke behind, at 68.The boys golfed twice around the

Irish hit, run, pitch to sweep of Waitsburg-Prescott

DeSales downs Waitsburg-Prescott, 9-3 and 8-4, in two softball games Saturday.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales had the answers here Saturday in a Southeast 2B softball league doubleheader.The Irish jumped on Waitsburg-Prescott with a five-run first to open the double dip. W-P couldn't dig out from the early hole as the Irish took the opener,

Mac-Hi girls take fifth at track invite

LEWISTON, Idaho — Junior runner Emily Childers had a pair of first-place finishes in the 100 and 200 meters, with 12.74 seconds and 26.90 seconds respectively, to lead the Mac-Hi Pioneers girls track team to a fifth place finish in a pool of 11 teams at t

Irrigon sweeps Weston-McEwen in softball matchup

IRRIGON — Weston-McEwen dropped a pair of seven-inning softball sets to defending Oregon 2A state champ and Blue Mountain League rival Irrigon here Saturday. The Knights triumphed 4-0 and 9-2.Game one was a pitchers duel between W-M's Haley Freske and Irr

Wa-Hi baseball drops two 1-run games to Eastmont

EASTMONT, Wash. — The Wa-Hi baseball team lost a pair of one-run ball games, 6-5 and 4-3, here Friday afternoon against Eastmont in a Cascade Division match-up.The losses drop the Blue Devils to 2-2 in the division and 5-5 overall. Eastmont improves to 3-

WWCC baseball rallies to split with Blue Mountain

The Warriors fall short in the baseball opener, 5-4, but win the nightcap 6-3.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday afternoon, but dropped a 5-4 decision to Blue Mountain in the front end of an NWAACC Eastern Region baseball doubleheader at Warrior Field.WWCC b

Warriors tag Wenatchee Valley in softball matchup

The Eastern Region-leading Knights suffer their first league loss to WWCC, an 8-4 defeat in the twin bill split.

WALLA WALLA — Natalie Leyland and Alexis Bobadilla had three hits apiece Saturday afternoon as Walla Walla Community College handed NWAACC Eastern Region-leading Wenatchee Valley its first league loss — an 8-4 setback in the second game of a conference do

DeSales has good day at track invite

ROYAL — DeSales had numerous standouts here Saturday during the fifth annual Ron Vanderholm Invitational track and field meet.The event featured 26 teams ranging from Classes 1B to 4A.

Mac-Hi baseball drops twin bill to Baker

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Mac-Hi Pioneers baseball team was beaten, 24-4 and 11-1, in 10-run mercy-rule-shortened games here Friday afternoon versus the Baker Bulldogs in both teams' Greater Oregon League conference openers.The score was close through the fi

Saturday, April 10

Cupcakes, beer make splash at Feast

WALLA WALLA — Cupcakes and beer made their debut among the fine foods and wines at this year's Feast Walla Walla.But unknown to many local oenophiles, beer has already debuted in many local wineries, sometimes through the back door, said brew master Court

Feast Walla Walla flourishes

WALLA WALLA — First Avenue between Main and Alder streets was closed Saturday to accommodate a 40-by-400-foot tent where more that 400 people took part in the Third Annual Feast Walla Walla.'It looks like our wine sales were higher than last year, and at

Faith led Robanske to become involved

His nonprofit group, Embracing Orphans, has completed a lengthy list of projects in Jamaica.

Carl Robanske didn't start out planning to create and build the Walla Walla-based nonprofit organization, Embracing Orphans.He really just wanted to put some muscle on his Christian faith, he remembered.

Group hopes to save girls from abuse

The girls are lured with drugs and other solicitations to leave Windsor Girls Home in Jamaica.

It's the wall that keeps Carl Robanske up at night.Made of tattered chain-link fencing, the wall at the Windsor Girls Home is more of a symbol of failed security than any real protection.And security is just what the facility overseen by the Jamaican gove

Mountain man Joe Meek to be featured at museum

It took soldiers, pioneers and Indian people, to turn the American West into the place many people now call home. The Fort Walla Walla Museum Living History Company, dedicated to sharing stories of many of those hardy folks, turns to a particularly rugged

On the agenda - Walla Walla County

When: Monday and Tuesday. Monday meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. Afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday workshop will begin at 9 a.m.Where: Walla Walla County Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.

Low flows in Walla Walla River generate concerns for salmon

However, state officials are not yet calling for a drought declaration.

WALLA WALLA — A lot of eyes are watching the Walla Walla River these days.What they are seeing is a low-flowing stream, which is not a good thing for seasonal fish migrations or irrigators.

Criteria must be met for drought declaration

According to the state Department of Ecology, Gov. Chris Gregoire is being advised on drought conditions by two committees comprised of state and federal agencies.One is the Water Supply Availability Committee and the second is the governor's Water Emerge

Sivley leaves city position to work in Afghanistan

He will work on infrastructure and public facility projects.

WALLA WALLA — Public Works Director Craig Sivley resigned this month to take a 13-month assignment with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan.Sivley left for Afghanistan on Saturday to take a civilian status assignment with the Army Corps, where


Walla Walla General Hospital

Forgiveness is a balm to our own souls

From the Lord's Prayer in the Bible comes the phrase, 'forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” When Peter said, 'Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?” Jesus responded, 'I say not unto thee, until sev


First Assembly of God to hear Huldah Buntain speak today



PANORAMA - The one that got away

The one that got away.Like fish stories, they always seem larger than they really are.


Activities and weekly lunch menus at area senior centers

Activities offered daily at The Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave., include pool and cards from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Adult Day Center is open 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. For details, call 527-0771.Senior Round Table luncheons are noon weekdays

Caregivers get a time out — courtesy of Adult Day Center

Join the club! Let a client or loved one be enriched and nourished and take a breather.

Take a break and let your loved one be nurtured for awhile by others. A pause in caregiving can help you and that in turn helps your loved one remain home.'We give caregivers four to five hours to relax, be themselves and not worry about their clients,” s

ETCETERA - Recycling all the rage during World War II

Recycling to reuse has been in the common lexicon for decades now, but there was a time when recycling certain items went into efforts to 'feed the nation's war furnaces,” according to an Associated Press item from Oct. 31, 1942.A copy of the Walla Walla


Does state's medical pot law provide job protection?

It wouldn't seem so. However, employers should try to accommodate employees who are using marijuana as medicine when possible.

Should a worker be fired from her job for failing a pre-employment drug screen even though the employee is a medical marijuana patient and she informed the employer of that when she applied for the job?Well, it depends. It depends on things such as the na

Friday, April 9

Lenore Stone

May 24, 1922 - March 30, 2010

Dolores Barnhart

August 2, 1911 --April 4, 2010

Marjorie Mansfield

Sept. 26, 1916 - March 30, 2010

Walla Walla man charged in knifepoint threats

Carl E. Adams is accused of threatening to kill his wife earlier this week.

WALLA WALLA -- A man has been charged in Superior Court with holding his wife at knifepoint and threatening to kill her earlier this week.

Centennial party set at Milton-Freewater's Central Middle School

The celebration will include musical performances, refreshments and artwork.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Central Middle School will mark its 100th year in the community with a day of celebration Saturday.

ROCK DOC - Undergrads a cause for hope

I've seen the future of American science and engineering. And, in my humble opinion, it looks very bright.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Misplaced anger

The Republicans may well make big gains in November. However, it's highly unlikely they will repeal the "socialist" health-care law.

US government irresponsible to abandon plan for nuclear waste storage

If the nuclear waste at Hanford reaches the Columbia River, it will be a disaster.

If you lived five miles from town in a home served by a well, would you be alarmed if you knew toxic, corrosive chemicals were buried nearby? Would getting that dangerous material safely removed be your top priority?

Etcetera - 04/09/10

Jeff Cirillo, former Seattle Mariners player and current partner in Pacific Baseball Ventures, LLC, which owns the Walla Walla Sweets, will be guest speaker at the Walla Walla Valley Youth Baseball & Softball Association's annual dinner and auction fundra

Participants sought for Columbia County's National Night Out

DAYTON -- Businesses, organizations and individuals interested in participating in Columbia County's National Night Out can sign up now. Exhibitors and volunteers for running errands, crowd control and other assistance are needed.

In the minutes - Pomeroy School Board

Pomeroy School District Board members are Paul Ruark, Lori Slaybaugh, Steve Carlson, Bart Gingerich, and Ed Sullivan. With all present Thursday the board:

In the minutes - Athena Council

Members of the council are Eric Pickard, LaVerne Mitchell, John Shafer, Deborah Hayward and Carol Speed. Mayor is Charles Vickery. With all present Thursday the council:

Superior Court Report - CRIMINAL CASES

Wallace Van Hudson, 46, 29389 Minnehaha Road, Hermiston, was sentenced April 5 on one count unlawful acquisition of ephedrine/pseudoephedrine. The sentence included $200 in court costs, $49.50 witness fee, $250 jury demand fee, $328.90 in sheriff fees, $5

Young professionals want new members

The Young Professionals of Walla Walla organization is looking for new members.

Mac-Hi takes tennis win

MILTON-FREEWATER — The Mac-Hi tennis team won all but one match against Helix on windy courts here Thursday.The boys were undefeated at 5-0, and the girl's posted just one loss for 3-1.

Blue Devil boys, girls pick up three track victories

Wa-Hi track and field athletes compiled wins over Wenatchee, Chiawana and Kennewick Thursday.

PASCO — Wa-Hi's boys and girls track and field teams picked up victories over Columbia Basin League Big Nine foes Chiawana, Kennewick and Wenatchee here Thursday.The Blue Devil girls downed the host Riverhawks, 96-45, the Lions, 114-27, and the Panthers,

Syracuse senior is Sweets' inaugural voice

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets have selected the play-by-play voice for the inaugural season.Andrew Allegretta, a senior at Syracuse University, will be joining the front office as the voice of the Sweets. Allegretta, who will call all games during

Annual youth baseball fundraiser scheduled May 22

Former Mariner and Walla Walla Sweets part -owner Jeff Cirillo will speak at this year's event.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Valley Youth Baseball and Softball Association invites the public to its annual dinner and auction on May 22 at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds Community Building.This is the 28th year that this event has taken place to support y

Chiefs top Wa-Hi boys in tennis

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's boy's tennis team managed just two singles victories in a 5-2 loss to Moses Lake here Thursday.Blue Devils Jack Crouter, at No. 3, and Blake Rowley, at No. 4, recorded wins for Wa-Hi. Crouter shut out Mike Mullugeta, 6-0, 6-0, while

Blue Devil girls top Moses Lake

Wa-Hi girls take win over Moses Lake, 4-3, on windy courts Thursday afternoon.

WALLA WALLA — The Wa-Hi girl's tennis team got victories from its top three singles players, and its No. 3 doubles team, to eke out a 4-3 win over Moses Lake on a gusty afternoon Thursday.The Blue Devils' No. 1 and team captain, Presley Peck, downed the C

Thursday, April 8

Darrell Owings

May 19, 1938 - March 31, 2010

Walla Walla Symphony greets spring with 'Flora and Fauna'

As spring blooms across the fields and hills, it's only fitting that it be accompanied by music.

Superior Court Report - DISSOLUTIONS

Kathy and Loyal Baker.

Superior Court Report - JUVENILE CASES

Michael Zuniga, 16, 924 1/2 Willow St., was sentenced April 2 on one count contempt (truancy). The sentence included 15 days in the Juvenile Justice Center, nine months community supervision, 20 hours community service, $100 to crime victims compensation

Superior Court Report - CRIMINAL CASES

Michael E. Purvis, 52, address not confirmed, was charged March 26 with two counts of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Purvis is accused of unlawfully possessing methamphetamine and using drug paraphernalia on March 25.

Whitman College site of a variety of musical events

Whitman College Department of Music will present the following free April musical events:

Youth fishing tourney April 17 at Lions Park

COLLEGE PLACE -- The College Place Lions Club will host a fishing tournament for youths 14 years and younger 8 a.m. April 17 in Lions Park.

Wildhorse hosts Spring Poker Round Up April 14

PENDLETON -- Wildhorse Resort and Casino will again host the Spring Poker Round-Up April 14-25.

Comedy Night at The Oasis features two funny guys

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Comedy Night at The Oasis features Lang Parker and Leif Skyving from Laffs Express Comedy Clubs at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Oasis, 85698 Highway 339.

Symphony luncheon to be at WW Country Club

Walla Walla Symphony will hold a "Celebration of Music" luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Walla Walla Country Club, 1390 Country Club Road.

Welcome to venice

Walla Walla had its own "Welcome to Venice" moment Thursday morning in the alleyway on Colville Street between Alder and Poplar with a massive puddle that ran the width of the alley's entrance and put the city in a picturesque and reflective state. "I wal

Etcetera - 04/08/10

This year's Relay for Hope: Walk Away Child Abuse shines a spotlight on the Home Team of Children's Home Society of Washington, said Kelly Bray, marketing communications manager with Relay for Hope.

Walla Walla clothes shop hosts spring sale

Further proof that spring has sprung (despite the occasional blustery, overcast day): The annual Spring Extravaganza at Walla Walla Clothing Co.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Government is wasteful with tax money

In regard to a letter on this page about the biblical story of the good Samaritan. It was an individual who attended the wounded man -- not the government.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Dam breaching won't happen

On March 31, the U-B and U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had released a plan of study for breaching the lower Snake River dams.

Make effort to fill out Census form

The estimated cost of collecting the Census data by going door to door is $57 per household rather than 42 cents if it is done via mail.

Have you filled out your Census form yet? If not, do so.It's important that every person living in the U.S. -- and Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield and Umatilla counties -- be counted.

In the minutes - WAITSBURG COUNCIL

Council members are Leroy Cunningham, Jeff Broom, Kathleen Powers, William Potolicchio and Bart Baxter. Mayor is Markeeta Little Wolf. With all present Wednesday the council:

In the minutes - Dayton School Board

Members of the Dayton School Board are Steve Martin, Marchand Hovrud, Tamara Fritze, Joe Huether and David Bailey. With all present Wednesday the board:

In the minutes - POMEROY COUNCIL

Pomeroy City Council members are Dennis Gillis, James Fuchs, Michael Akers and Donna Hunt. One seat is vacant. Mayor is Alan Gould. With all present Tuesday the council:

On The Agenda - Pomeroy School Board

When: Today, 7 p.m. Where: Pomeroy Elementary Library

Emergency Services - 04/08/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Holocaust survivor tells of fear, pain

Lilly Black was a teenager when she and her family were sent to concentration camps during World War II.

WALLA WALLA -- Students and community members packed an auditorium Wednesday night to hear a story of unbearable pain and survival.Lilly Black, a Holocaust survivor and grandmother of Whitman student Ryan Smith, delivered the Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yo

'Super Nanny' scours area for families to save

The show is looking for families in Washington, perhaps even here, with a need for Nanny Jo.

It's the real deal, insisted casting associate David Tapia over the phone -- Nanny Jo is headed our way.If, and you can read that in all capital letters, Walla Walla families send in a winning application.And by "winning," Tapia really means losing.

College Place yard waste pickup starts Monday

Collections of waste will be held throughout the week in the city.

COLLEGE PLACE -- Crews will begin the city's annual spring yard debris cleanup Monday.All items to be picked up must be bundled, bagged, boxed or otherwise contained. No items should weigh more than 65 pounds. Yard debris only will be picked up and there

Doctor to present findings of Adventist health study

Dr. Gary Fraser is the principal investigator of the ongoing research into the health of Seventh-day Adventists.

COLLEGE PLACE - Dr. Gary Fraser, director and principal investigator of the Adventist Health Study 2, will present the latest findings from the ongoing National Adventist Health Study 2 on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium at Walla Wal

Queen of the Hill

Katie Forss has ridden to the top of the state standings with Walla Walla Valley BMX, and now teaches newcomers how to ride.

WALLA WALLA — Katie Forss was running around with a snake.She didn't find the snake, but when its original holder was called away, Forss took over, letting the little creature creep across her fingers.Not exactly the image of sugar, spice and 14-year-old

Opara sparks WWVA boys to track win in Dayton

DAYTON — Senior speedster Chinonso Opara swept the sprints here Wednesday and led his Walla Walla Valley Academy boys track and field team to a first place finish in the Blue Mountain Invitational.Opara won the 100 meters in a time off 11.10 seconds, fini

Waitsburg-Prescott boys share track wealth

Eight W-P athletes win top honors at the four-school track meet in Colfax.

COLFAX — Waitsburg-Prescott's boys track and field team shared the wealth and gobbled up most of the points here Wednesday during a four-school meet at Colfax High School.No fewer than eight Waitsburg-Prescott athletes won individual events and W-P swept

Wa-Hi boys fourth at Yakima golf invite

YAKIMA — Wa-Hi placed fourth among 15 Class 4A schools at the Central Washington Invite here Wednesday.Good weather and calm winds prevailed at the Apple Tree Course, said Wa-Hi head coach Jim Smith.Blue Devil Jake Hanson placed fourth, shooting a 74 on t

Mac-Hi boys finally play first full golf tournament in Union

UNION — Mac-Hi's boys golf team finally played its first full tournament Tuesday at Buffalo Peak here after having bad weather cancel its last two attempts.The Pioneers played Baker and La Grande. Led by medalist Maverick Goss's 73, La Grande won with a t

Wa-Hi softball bats awaken in sweep of Suns

KENNEWICK — Wa-Hi won two softball games against Southridge here Thursday.The top-ranked Blue Devils — second in the state as of Monday's Seattle Times poll — improved to 7-0 on the season.The Blue Devils won the first game, 3-2, and improved in the secon

WWCC baseball wins one, loses one

ONTARIO, Ore. — In a study of role reversal, the Warriors won one baseball game and lost another to Treasure Valley here Wednesday.Walla Walla lost the first game, 8-2, and won the second, 4-3. The Warriors had 12 hits but managed just two runs in the fir

Irish grad Nick Lyons breaks own Baylor University javelin record

WACO, Texas — DeSales graduate Nick Lyons, a junior at Baylor University, broke his own school record in the javelin at the Texas Relays last weekend.Lyons held the school record with a throw of 218 feet, 5 inches, before setting a new mark with a throw o

Whitman College to host youth basketball clinics

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College is having April Madness Basketball Clinics on five Sundays beginning this Sunday.The clinics are open to boys ages 8-14, conducted by Whitman men's basketball staff and players.Clinics are from 1-2:30 p.m., and run Sunday, Ap

DeSales grad Mike Richard earns SAC pitcher of week

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City University baseball player Mike Richard, a DeSales graduate, has been named Sooner Athletic Conference pitcher of the week for March 29-April 5.Richard, a junior left-hander, struck out 10 batters in a 2-0 victory over Oklaho

Wednesday, April 7

Cherry, Pine streets lead to open wineries

The road may be closed for construction, but wineries in the area of 13th Avenue and Pine Street are still open for business, operators say.

In the minutes - Garfield County

Garfield County commissioners are Dean Burton, Wynne McCabe and Robert Johnson. With all present Monday commissioners:


When: Thursday, 7 p.m. Where: City Hall, 215 S. Currant

On The Agenda - Port of WW

When: Regular session Thursday at 1:45 p.m. , following a noon work session and a 1 p.m. tour of the aviation rampWhere: Regular session at the Port of Walla Walla office, 310 A St.; work session at El Sombrero restaurant, 428 Ash St.

Etcetera - 04/07/10

Walla Walla High School hosted this year's regional Columbia Basin Music Educators' Association vocal solo-ensemble. Individual students and groups from Wa-Hi qualified for state competition during the event on March 20.Students from nine area high schoo

Any increase in sales tax unacceptable

Yet, Senate Democrats have stubbornly refused to approve a budget that doesn't raise the sales tax. It's time they accept reality and drop the tax hike.

The planned one-week special session of the state Legislature to deal with a single issue -- balancing the budget -- is now in its fourth week.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Thoughts on military service today

As a retired infantry Army officer and Vietnam veteran I am frequently asked if I would recommend that someone volunteer to enter today's military service. The following are some of my thoughts.

Jalyn & Jolyn Maxine Watson-Vickers

To Vicki Jo Watson and Nathaniel Vickers, Walla Walla, twin daughters, Jalyn Maxine Watson-Vickers, 5 pounds 5 ounces, and Jolyn Maxine Watson-Vickers, 6 pounds 9 ounces, April 3, 2010.

Abril Mercado Saldana

To Irais Saldana Avalos and Tereso Mercado Flores, Walla Walla, a daughter, Abril Mercado Saldana, 6 pounds 3 ounces, April 3, 2010.

Emergency Services - 04/07/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Iva Fix

September 25, 1924 – March 31, 2010

Bernice Lamberton

September 29, 1918–April 3, 2010

Richard "Dick" E. Hermann

May 4, 1931-April 5, 2010

Randy McEwen

March 31, 2010

Carmen Kelly-Bova

Oct. 25, 1946 - April 4, 2010

Walla Walla man arrested for allegedly threatening woman with knife

WALLA WALLA — A Walla Walla man was arrested this morning on suspicion of holding a woman against her will and threatening to kill her, police said.Carl E. Adams, 43, of 1463 Francis Ave., was booked into Walla Walla County Jail on suspicion of first-degr

The water cycle

Dwarfed by the big wheels of the irrigation line, Luis Delgado hops on his motorcycle to check and move other lines on land farmed by Brian Maiden. The water cycle continues an erratic pace with recent deposits of snow in the mountains after a warmer than

Mac-Hi rides Erm's arm to 7-2 victory over Irish

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi came away victorious in a non-league softball game with DeSales here Tuesday.The Pioneers beat the Irish, 7-2, behind solid pitching by Kaitlin Erm, DeSales coach Russell Vera said.'She had nine strikeouts against us and pitched

Bulldogs roll to sweep of Tri-Cities Prep, 11-0 and 14-1

RICHLAND — Dayton took two softball games from Tri-Cities Prep here Tuesday.Dayton hosted the games, though they were played on Prep's fields because of issues with the Bulldogs' field, said assistant coach Desirae Jones.The Bulldogs won the first game, 1

Strong pitching, five-run second inning key Touchet's 7-1 win over Liberty Christian

TOUCHET — Kelsey Cardwell's best outing of the season and a five-run second inning without the benefit of a hit carried Touchet to a 7-1 Southeast B District Southern Division baseball victory over Liberty Christian here Tuesday afternoon.Cardwell, a seni

Irish find offense late, down Coyotes 5-4

BURBANK — DeSales did all of its scoring in the final three innings and came away with a 5-4, eight-inning victory over Burbank here Tuesday in a non-league prep baseball game.The Coyotes plated a single run in the second inning and three in the third to

Rusty TigerScots commit eight errors, fall to Heppner 14-4

HEPPNER — The Weston-McEwen TigerScots dropped a single baseball game to Heppner here Tuesday, 14-4, in five innings.'We haven't played for a week and we're definitely rusty, but that's no excuse,” said Weston-McEwen coach T.J. Haguewood. 'We've got to ma

Golfers weather lengthy Vets Memorial round

Golfers dodge rain, hail, wind and the possibility of lightning during the DeSales Tournament Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA — It was a cold, blustery day for a round of Class 2B golf at the DeSales Tournament at Veterans Memorial Golf Course Tuesday.About 45 players teed up in the tournament, which was nearly halted due to heavy rain, hail and the possibility of li

Pirate golfers win three-way match in St. John

ST. JOHN — Pomeroy golfed to first in a three-way match at the St. John Golf and Country Club Tuesday.The Pirates' Trevor Koberstein was medalist, shooting 78 on the par-70 course. Austin Starin shot 81, Joel Meyers and Ryan Koberstein shot 82 and Tanner

Saldana powers Wa-Hi boys

Ricardo Saldana scores two first-half goals in the 2-0 boys soccer win over Kamiakin Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi Blue Devils forward Ricardo Saldana scored two first-half goals to lead his team to a 2-0 victory over the Kamiakin Braves here Tuesday afternoon.

TigerScots balance scoring, defense to down Mustangs

HEPPNER — Weston-McEwen combined balanced scoring with outstanding pitching and defense to win its Blue Mountain Conference opener against Heppner here, 6-0, Tuesday.The TigerScots scored two runs in each of the third, fifth and seventh innings, while Hal

Rule No. 86 proves true while angling on Tucannon lakes

Normally when I see a lake along the Tucannon River drainage without any anglers, I pass on by.It's Rule No. 86: No anglers equal no fish.For vice-versa, read Rule No. 87 (Many anglers equal many fish).Yet, when a man picking up trash ambled by with a whi

Tiger Woods needs all the support he can get

WALLA WALLA — I've never belonged to the Tiger Woods' Fan Club.That's because, I guess, I've always aligned myself with underdogs. And that's a role Tiger has never played since he broke onto the PGA Tour as a 20-year-old in 1996 after winning a record th

Blue Devils rally to split with Suns

Southridge wins the opener of the baseball twin bill, 4-0, but Wa-Hi rallies with four runs in the seventh to win the nightcap, 11-10.

WALLA WALLA — It's not over until it's over!Southridge blanked the Blue Devils 4-0 in the opener of a non-division baseball doubleheader here Tuesday, and took a 10-7 lead to the seventh inning of the nightcap.Wa-Hi rallied for four runs in its last at-ba

Juan Williams to speak at Whitman College commencement

The journalist and author is known to many NPR listeners as the former host of "Talk of the Nation."

WALLA WALLA -- Award-winning journalist and author Juan Williams will deliver the commencement speech to the Whitman College class of 2010, the college has announced. The ceremony will take place May 23 starting at 11 a.m. on the college's Memorial Buildi

Pacific Power warns of phone scam

Multiple customers have reported problems, the utility says.

PORTLAND -- Pacific Power on Tuesday warned its Washington, Oregon and northern California customers to be wary of a phone scam.A statement from the company said that in recent days multiple customers have reported calls from parties claiming to be a Paci

Buses to leave Walla Walla for Seattle immigration rally

A Saturday rally in Seattle is expected to draw thousands from around the state.

WALLA WALLA -- Thousands of state residents, including people from Walla Walla, are expected to gather Saturday in Seattle in support of immigration reform. Buses will leave various cities in eastern Washington early Saturday destined for Seattle's Occide

Tuesday, April 6

Tom Clark

April 16, 1955 --April 3, 2010

HOME PLACE - After loss of job, Internet points way to brighter future

Today we are getting some wisdom from guest columnist Michelle Morgan, who lost her job in December and is not having any luck changing the situation, but has figured out ways to get around that little factoid.I can't claim I really know Michelle, who goe

Banner Corp. names new president

Mark J. Grescovich will direct the bank and its parent company, while D. Michael Jones will continue as CEO.

Mark J. Grescovich will direct the bank and its parent company, while D. Michael Jones will continue as CEO.

Springtime symmetry

A vibrant rainbow prelude to a weekend of colored eggs and Easter arches across Howard Tietan Park late Friday afternoon against a backdrop of dark, passing storm clouds mixed with the fresh eruption of sunlight on a wet and shiny new world.

BIRTHS - Walla Walla General Hospital

To Maria Garcia and David Medina, Milton Freewater, a daughter, Erika Medina, 6 pounds 11 ounces, April 2, 2010. To Angela and Robert Branscum, Walla Walla, a daughter, AnnaMae Jacey Branscum, 8 pounds 7 ounces, April 2, 2010.

Where is the beef? It's at CrossRoads Steakhouse

CrossRoads Steakhouse is beefing up its focus on steak.The Rees Avenue restaurant, located at Veterans Memorial Golf Course, introduced more steak choices, as well as sandwiches and salads that feature beef, said owner Kim Kelly-Frank in an announcement.E

On the agenda - Dayton School Board

When: Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.Where: District Board Room, 609 S. Second St.

Obama's stand to expand oil drilling is political and pragmatic

This nation needs new sources of energy.

Offshore drilling for oil might not be the long-term answer to this nation's energy needs, but it is critical for continued economic growth and strong national security.Given that, President Obama should be applauded for making the decision to allow expan

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Prepare for Ralph Nader visit

Look what I found on page 489."Corporations, partnerships, and legal associations of any kind shall not be deemed 'persons' for purposes of applying or interpreting the U.S. Constitution. 'Person' shall hereby be defined by law as a human being."Imagine i

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Will America awake and fight back?

As the America we used to know slowly sinks in the sunset, I have one question: We know who the Paul Reveres are -- many, many voices are being heard -- but where are the Minutemen?The American Revolution was called that because freedom was the issue --

Emergency services - 04/06/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

On the agenda - Waitsburg Council

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.Where: Lions Club Community Building, Fairgrounds

In the minutes - Walla Walla County

Walla Walla County Commissioners are Greg Tompkins, Perry Dozier and Gregg Loney. With all present, commissioners voted as follows at their Monday meeting:

Small Business Center may close doors

The Port of Walla Walla, WWCC and WSU provide funding for the center.

After more than 16 years of service to small businesses in four southeast Washington counties, the Small Business Center is about to be closed due to a lack of funding, according to Richard Monacelli, director.

Community Bank to build new branch on Commercial Drive

COLLEGE PLACE -- Community Bank plans to break ground on a three-story bank branch and administrative office building in the first major development on Commercial Drive.

Downtown undergoes spring cleaning

Alder Street could be the target of the next beautification campaign.

WALLA WALLA -- A cleaner, fresher downtown is in the works in the first major beautification overhaul in almost two decades.

Bio-Dan Willms

Occupation: Executive director of Helpline, a local emergency social service agency and pastor of the Vineyard Free Methodist Church. He was recently honored by the Walla Walla Association of Realtors as the 2009 Walla Walla "Citizen of the Year."

Port of WW looks for restaurant to replace Caravaggio

The visibility issue for previous restaurants at the airport could be solved by having an established eatery relocate there, an official said.

WALLA WALLA -- A change in restaurant operators is on the menu at the Walla Walla Regional Airport.

Etcetera - 04/06/10

Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival garnered a 2010 Summit Award from Washington Festivals & Events Association. The Sweet Onion Festival was among 30 festivals and events from around Washington state to be honored by the WFEA.

Z. Catherine Jones

1918 - 2010

Kathryn Sewell

Nov. 17, 1921 - April 1, 2010

James Busch

July 5, 1919 - March 8, 2010

Elizabeth Bloom

Jan. 6, 1921 - March 26, 2010

Leonard A. Gage

Nov. 4, 1921 — April 2, 2010

Yakima County man arrested in threat on U.S. Sen. Patty Murray

SEATTLE -- A Yakima County man has been charged with threatening to kill U.S. Sen. Patty Murray over her support for health care reform.Federal agents arrested Charles Alan Wilson, 64, at his Selah home early today.

Evaluation ordered for Plaza Safeway robbery, assault suspect

Chet T. Volkman is accused of a variety of crimes stemming from an incident at Plaza Safeway last month.

WALLA WALLA -- A man facing a variety of charges stemming from a confrontation at the Plaza Safeway store last month has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.Chet T. Volkman, 20, is charged in Superior Court with second-degree robbery and se

Walla Walla man pleads guilty in thefts from swim club

Geoffrey E. Forcum, formerly the club's president, has repaid nearly $5,000 stolen last year.

WALLA WALLA -- A local man who served as president of the Walla Walla Swim Club pleaded guilty Monday to reduced charges in connection with the theft of nearly $5,000 from the nonprofit organization last year.Geoffrey E. Forcum entered the guilty pleas in

Man jailed in assault at Walla Walla motel

But Eliah J. Nick maintains he did nothing wrong last summer. He originally was accused of rape.

WALLA WALLA -- An unapologetic Lewiston, Idaho, man was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail after previously pleading guilty to a charge that he assaulted a woman at a Walla Walla motel last summer.Eliah J. Nick, 27, denied committing any crime, but was o

Trial date set for man in downtown Walla Walla hit-and-run

David Marquez is accused of badly injuring a pedestrian and leaving the scene last month.

WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of driving into a pedestrian near Second Avenue and Tietan Street last month is scheduled for trial June 29 in Walla Walla County Superior Court.David Marquez, 19, of 1115 W. Pine St., pleaded innocent Monday to charges of veh

Incumbents ousted in Waitsburg

Mayor Markeeta Little Wolf and both incumbent City Council members lost in Tuesday's voting.

WAITSBURG -- Voters made it clear they are ready for change when they elected mayoral challenger Walt Gobel, and selected challengers over the two incumbents running for City Council.Gobel outpolled incumbent mayor Markeeta Little Wolf, 281-162 votes.

Groundbreaking set at site of Walla Walla Public Schools' support services facility

WALLA WALLA -- The public is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for Walla Walla Public Schools' new support services facility.The ceremony begins Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the site of the new facility, 1162 Entley St., near Koncrete Industries.The project

Emergency services - 04/05/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

On the agenda - Pomeroy Council

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.Where: City Hall

New director: Walla Walla YMCA 'whole package'

Randy Grant, born and raised in Milton-Freewater, will meet and greet residents Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA -- The long road home took Randy Grant through California, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New York before his return to his roots as the new executive director of the Walla Walla YMCA.Grant, who took over the position March 1, will meet with resi

Reinland's 1-under 71 wins Big Nine pod match for Wa-Hi

PASCO — Wa-Hi's Drew Reinland was the only player to break par here Monday during a boys Big Nine Conference pod golf match at Sun Willows Golf Course, but it wasn't enough to keep the Blue Devils in contention for team honors.Hanford, led by Tanner Marti

Wa-Hi's Porter earns Big Nine Conference track honor

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi's Brandon Porter has been selected as Big Nine Track and Field Athlete of the Week for his performances last week.Porter had season-high marks in the shot put and javelin, recording Washington Class 4A Top 10 throws in each event. He h

Wa-Hi girls golfers eighth at CBL pod in Yakima

YAKIMA — Wa-Hi's girls golfers moved up four spots from their first Columbia Basin League pod match, finishing eighth at the Yakima Elks Country Club here Monday.Richland — led by medalists Mary McDonald and Madison Hamm, who tied for low score at 84 on t

Helen L. Spechko-Craig

June 9, 1920 ~ April 1, 2010

Helen Knox

Jan 2, 1914 - March 31, 2010

Michael Paul Crist

August 27, 1942 - March 27, 2010

Betty L. Sauer

February 17, 1926 ~ March 29, 2010

Iva Fix

Sept. 25, 1924 — March 31, 2010

WALLA WALLA — Iva Irene Fix, 85, died March 31, 2010, at Park Manor Rehabilitation.Arrangements are pending at Professional Funeral Director & Crematory.

Elmira Neal

Oct. 23, 1924 - March 31, 2010

KIRKLAND— Elmira Aleen 'Allie” Neal, 85, former Dayton resident, died March 31, 2010, at Evergreen Hospice, Kirkland, Wash. Funeral arrangements are pending through Hubbard-Rogg Funeral Home, 111 S. 2nd St., Dayton, Wash., 99328.

Richard Hermann

May 4, 1931 — April 5, 2010

MILTON-FREEWATER Richard Eugene Hermann, 78, died April 5, 2010, at his home.Arrangements are pending at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home.

Monday, April 5

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Interfaith service an exceptional moment

It was a rare privilege hundreds of Walla Wallans shared on a recent Sunday. The occasion was the participation by Jewish Rabbi Stan Yedwab from Redmond in a Sunday Mass service led by the Rev. Tim Hays at Assumption Catholic Parish Church.The church was

Randy McEwen

April 24, 1951 - March 31, 2010

WALLA WALLA — Randy Jay McEwen, 58, Walla Walla , passed away at his home.Arrangements are pending at Professional Funeral Director & Crematory.

Bernice Lamberton

Sept. 29, 1918 - April 3, 2010

WALLA WALLA — Bernice Lamberton, 91, died April 3, 2010, at Washington odd Fellows Home.Arrangements are pending at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road in Walla Walla.

Tom Clark

April 16, 1955 - April 3, 2010

WALLA WALLA — Tom Clark, 54, died April 3, 2010, at his home.Arrangements are pending at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road in Walla Walla.

Darrell Owings

March 31, 2010

MILTON-FREEWATER Darrell E. Owings, Main St, 71, passed away March 31, 2010, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla.Arrangements pending at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater, Oregon.

Erlene Leonard

Feb. 4, 1914 - March 28, 2010

John Johnson

Feb. 1, 1943 — March 21, 2010

Bethine Perkins

Oct. 6, 1925 - March 26, 2010

Colleen Moser

May 8, 1944 - March 22, 2010

Vision for a "Village"

The opposite side of Main Street reflects from the windows of The Village "A great wine experience a cooperative of wineries and shops offering the best of Walla Walla" in the old Blue Mountain Humane Society Thrift Store building on Main Street.

UPDATE - Missing Starbuck steers found

STARBUCK -- The 19 Holstein steers that managed to elude owner Gary Fletcher for three days showed up Friday afternoon.The animals had probably been wandering, because they showed up in a place Fletcher previously looked several times, Fletcher's wife, Le

Expansion of March Madness field to 96 teams is a mistake

The proposed expansion will reward mediocrity and dilute the tournament.

Millions of sports fans will be glued to their TVs tonight as March Madness concludes. The Butler Bulldogs -- make that Underdogs -- are taking on the Duke Blue Devils for the NCAA men's basketball championship.Frankly, there is nothing like a David vs. G

Tumac Outdoor expands

Tumac Outdoor is inviting the community inside to catch a peek of its relocated operation.But visitors won't have to look far from the Rose Street headquarters.The store has expanded into space previously occupied by Shumate Yamaha, according to an announ

Etcetera - 04/05/10

Sarita McCaw, a member of Narcissa Prentiss Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, announced local winners of the annual DAR History Essay contest:

Whitman grad soars into space

Dorothy 'Dottie' Metcalf-Lindenburger and her fellow crew members lifted off for the International Space Station this morning.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- An astronaut with local ties was among seven headed aboard the shuttle Discovery for a rendezvous with the International Space Station after a pre-dawn liftoff Monday on one of the last missions for NASA's shuttle program.The launc

LETTERS FROM AFGHANISTAN - Time for celebration comes in Afghanistan

The people of Afghanistan continue to amaze me with their hospitality and kindness.While I still remain rather pessimistic of their true intentions at times, I cannot help but show continued compassion for these people who have lived in such harsh conditi

March was unseasonably warm with a chilly finale

Unseasonably warm weather was the month's hallmark, except for the windy, chilly finale.

WALLA WALLA -- Well, so much for "in like a lion, out like a lamb."After bowing in with a steady stream of balmy days, March bowed out with rain, wind and a final, freezing night.And that proved to be only a precursor to the late-season storm that marked

SCIENCE MATTERS - Math holds keys to greater understanding

A school science project designed to illustrate the solar system might include an assemblage of Styrofoam balls held together by wires. This is, quite literally, a model of the actual solar system in an easily visualized representation.Scientists develop

STREET SMARTS - Simple strategies help allay risk from tailgaters

A while back I was driving on the Last Chance Road, and as I approached Highway 12, I noticed a truck headed eastbound toward Walla Walla. This truck was similar to those 24-foot moving trucks with the big box on the back.Behind the truck, not much more t

Project would convert old Humane Society thrift store into 'The Village'

The project would convert the old Humane Society thrift store into 'The Village,' filled with tasting rooms, specialty shops and a restaurant.

WALLA WALLA -- The most ambitious idea for a tasting room yet brews inside the dust-riddled warehouse of a building at 207 E. Main St.Inside the 23,000-square-foot space, once home to the Blue Mountain Humane Society Thrift Store, businessman Craig Keiste

Sister Ursula Emily Beaulieu

March 1, 1914 - March 30, 2010

Sister Ursula Emily Beaulieu, Sister of Providence, 70 years of religious life, passed away March 30, 2010, at St. Joseph, Seattle.

Sister Virginia Paul

Oct. 16, 1924 - March 29, 2010

Sister Virginia Paul, Sister of Providence, 65 years of religious life, passed away March 29, 2010, at St. Joseph, Seattle.

Kathryn Shelton

April 18, 1910 - April 1, 2010

WALLA WALLA — Kathryn B. Shelton, 99, 1460 Dalles Military Rd., passed away at home.Arrangements are pending at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home.

Judith Hume

Aug. 28, 1953 - April 2, 2010

WALLA WALLA — Judith A. Hume, passed away at 85 Sedgewick Court.Arrangements are pending at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home.

Zona Jones

Nov. 15, 1918 - April 1, 2010

COLLEGE PLACE — Zona Catherine Jones, 420 S.E. Myra Rd, passed away at Regency at The Park.Arrangements are pending at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home.

Helen Spechko-Craig

June 9, 1920 - April 1, 2010

COLLEGE PLACE — Helen L. Spechko-Craig, 89, died April 1, 2010, at her home.Arrangements are pending at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road in Walla Walla.

Elizabeth Bloom

Jan. 6, 1921 - March 27, 2010

WALLA WALLA — Elizabeth Bloom, 89, died March 27, 2010 at Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata, Wash.Arrangements are pending at The Dalles, Ore.

David Locker

May 3, 1966-March 29, 2010

David Scott Locker passed away at Hospice House in Bridgeport, Wash.Arrangements are pending at Edwards Memorial Tacoma, Wash.

Helen Knox

Jan. 2, 1914 - March 31, 2010

WALLA WALLA — Helen Knox, 96, passed away at Washington odd Fellows Home.Arrangements are pending at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home.

Mona Bottreill

Oct. 24, 1920 - March 27, 2010

WALLA WALLA — Mona Bottriell, 89, passed away at Park Plaza Retirement Home. No services are planned.

Lenore Stone

May 24, 1922 - March 30, 2010

WALLA WALLA — Lenore Grace Stone, 87, passed away at Washington Odd Fellows Home.Arrangements are pending at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home.

Sunday, April 4

On the agenda - Columbia County

When: Monday, 10 a.m.Where: Third Floor, Columbia County Courthouse

Saturday, April 3

Mac-Hi's Watts homers and Romero, Sheets combine for no-no to complete sweep

PILOT ROCK, Oregon — Mac-Hi's Nick Watts had four RBIs and a home run in game one and pitchers Randy Romero and Patrick Sheets combined for a no-hitter in game two to sweep the Pilot Rock Rockets here Saturday afternoon, 6-4 and 7-1.The Rockets pitcher in

Wildcats defeat Missionaries 5-4 to hold on to second

Whitman blanked Pacific, 9-0, for the second time this season, but came up short on Saturday at Linfield. A Whitman win at Linfield would have given the Missionaries a share of second place, but the Wildcats won four of six singles to pull out a 5-4 win a

WWCC softall team rallies on the road

The WWCC softball team picks up three victories after dropping the opening game of their road trip.

ONTARIO, Ore — Walla Walla Community College completed a successful two-day road trip here Saturday in East Region NWAACC softball action.The Warriors swept Treasure Valley, 10-1 and 10-4, and after dropping their opener on Friday to Blue Mountain, 8-6, a

Columbia Basin drops Walla Walla Community College in doubleheader

The loss drops WWCC's record to 2-2 for the league and 10-10 overall.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College's baseball team managed just two runs and nine hits, and stranded 26 baserunners, during a doubleheader loss to NWAACC Eastern Region foe Columbia Basin, 4-1 and 10-1, on Saturday at Warrior Field.WWCC slipped t

Weather cancels Carnival of Speed

Mac-Hi's annual track and field extravaganza is over before it even begins as high winds, torrential rain

MILTON-FREEWATER — Heavy rains, gusty winds and the threat of worse to come put a damper on Mac-Hi's Carnival of Speed at Shockman Field Friday.The track meet was canceled before the first event got started, for the first time in its 72-year history.

Asotin one-hits Waitsburg-Prescott to sweep twin bill

Joe Purdin gets Waitsburg-Prescott's lone hit on the afternoon, as Asotin won two by scores of 13-1 and 4-1.

PRESCOTT — Waitsburg-Prescott's bats were as cold as the weather here Saturday in a Southeast 2B baseball doubleheader.The Asotin pitching staff only gave up one hit on the afternoon as the Panthers swept W-P, 13-1 and 4-1.

Pacific Lutheran sweeps Whitman in weekend baseball series

Wind and rain hamper Friday's games, but pitching and defense really hurt Whitman.

WALLA WALLA — Pacific Lutheran showed its superiority in power, pitching and defense with a 21-6, 11-1, 23-1 Northwest Conference weekend baseball sweep of Whitman here Friday and Saturday at Borleske Stadium.Friday's first game, a 21-6 Whitman loss, was

Waitsburg-Prescott picks up softball sweep of Asotin

PRESCOTT — Waitsburg-Prescott swept a pair of Southeast 2B softball counters from Asotin here Saturday, squeaking past the Panthers 11-10 in game one, and squashing them 15-3 in game two.

Whitman tennis wins 64th NWC match in a row

WALLA WALLA — Posting its eighth shutout of the spring season, the Whitman College men's tennis team blanked Pacific University 9-0 Friday afternoon in the Bratton Tennis Center. With its 8-1 victory over visiting Linfield on Saturday, the Whitman College

Employment, wages grow in agriculture

Officials say warmer, drier weather helped prolong the seasonal work, while job cutbacks in other industries bulked up the labor force.

Unemployment may be up across most industries since the start of the recession. But state officials say plenty of jobs can still be found down on the farm.And many of them come with a bigger paycheck than they once did.

Coalition claws away at cat count

Efforts are paying off and today there are fewer cats wandering the Valley, local officials say.

WALLA WALLA — It started with just two, Patricia Neissl recalled.Two unaltered cats. Family pets, she said.

Baby, the rain must fall

With the bleachers behind them empty, Walla Walla High School student Nattie Smyth, left, and DeSales student Alyssa Lyons share a blanket as they leave Shockman Field during a windy and torrential downpour that canceled Friday's annual Carnival of Speed

On the agenda - Walla Walla County

When: Monday and Tuesday. Monday meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. Afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday workshop will begin at 9 a.m.Where: Walla Walla County Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.


Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Farm managers, rural appraisers to meet in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — The Washington chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers will hold its spring meeting at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center on April 15-16.Along with agricultural real estate appraisers and farm managers

Pomeroy children collect funds to help Haiti children

Their efforts netted $2,030, which was turned over to the Sisters of Providence.

POMEROY — A dozen Pomeroy children gathered $2,030 to help Haitian children.On Palm Sunday the members of the Holy Rosary Parish presented the donation to two Sisters of Providence from Spokane, who traveled to Pomeroy to thank the children for their effo

Groups, volunteers sought for Earth Day

Exhibitors are asked to sign up by Wednesday

WALLA WALLA — The city of Walla Walla and Blue Mountain Action Council will collaborate on a communitywide celebration event in observance of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.The event will be April 24 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Farmers' Market venue beh

Comment period opens for national forest plan

Future management of millions of acres of forest land will be the subject of several open houses this month.Sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, the meetings will be a chance for people to review and comment on revised land and resource management plans


Eagan Street, between Third and Fourth avenues, will be closed all day Monday for sewer and gas line installation. Emergency vehicles will not be able to pass.

Waitsburg's Main Street Theater to see revival

Not much suggests a movie theater when you enter the 'Etcetera” shop on Waitsburg's Main Street.Despite walking under a marquee with 'Plaza” painted on it, and confronting an odd-shaped windowed ”closet” inside the door, surrounded by glass display cases,

ETCETERA - Mush! Walla Walla women experience Iditarod at the gate

‘This was certainly a magical experience,” Walla Wallan Nina Conn recalled of her trip to Alaska for the Iditarod. While there, she and Patty Courson 'met wonderful, warm people and were treated so very well. ”They ended up with VIP passes, which allowed

PASTOR COLUMNS - Thomas wouldn't budge, opened door for our faith

Easter isn't just a day. It's a door that stands open. You are invited to enter and explore the first reports of those who saw, heard, and touched the resurrected Jesus. You are invited to think about what this great event means for us. Think about the fa


Church bulletin

A positive outlook keeps one man going

Don Locati is so busy doing things for the community in retirement he doesn't think about quitting.

WALLA WALLA — 'Be positive,” is right there on Don Locati's daily to do list. Life is a gift, according to Locati, and you create the kind of day you have and you may as well have a good one, he said.A Walla Walla native, Locati has lived and worked here



Another study of breaching Snake River dams absurd

Taking down the dams would have an enormous negative impact on the environment and the economy.

The dams on the Snake River should not — and cannot — be breached as a way to save salmon.Yet, the Obama administration has kowtowed to environmental extremists by leaving that option on the table. The federal government now classifies breaching dams as a


History of GOP fear mongering

Friday, April 2

MARQUEE - Find your appetite at Feast Walla Walla

Call it the carnival of consumption. Soiree of sustenance. The gala of goodies.Any way you slice it, the third annual Feast Walla Walla will offer more bite this year.The April 10 event will host its largest number of vendors yet with 50 eateries and wine


Leiloni and Colten Arbogast. Lynn and Michael Hein.


Chase W. Barsness, 16, 207 Union St., was sentenced March 26 on one count violation of Uniform Controlled Substances Act-possession of paraphernalia. The sentence included 12 months community supervision with conditions, $100 to crime victims compensation

BIRTHS - Thia Sofia Ramos-Romero

Walla Walla General HospitalTo Guadalupe Romero-Flores and Daniel Ramos Lara, Milton Freewater, a daughter, Thia Sofia Ramos-Romero, 7 pounds 7 ounces, March 31, 2010

Author to read from novel, sign books Tuesday evening

WALLA WALLA -- Author Christina Dudley will appear for a book signing Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Book & Game Co.Dudley will read from her debut novel, "Mourning Becomes Cassandra," answer questions and sign books.For more information, call Book & Game Co. at 52

Workshop set on Appalachian music, stories, history

WALLA WALLA -- St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine St., will present a workshop next week on Appalachian music, stories and history with the Rev. Donovan Cain, an Episcopal priest, musician and scholar who was born and raised in the Appalachian Mou

Emergency services - 04/02/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Pondering medical-insurance reform

I have often wondered how many of those writing about their unhappiness over the medical-insurance reforms (aka "health-care reforms") have ever asked or answered the following questions.Is providing medical care a moral obligation of society, especially

Lunch is served at The Green

Lunch is on the menu at The Green Lantern.The Walla Walla bar at 1606 E. Isaacs Ave. recently added lunch service, said General Manager Dave Brown.The original bar menu, including its burgers and famous fish tacos, is offered as well as pizzas and a modes

Rustlers suspected in Starbuck cattle disappearance

About 20 head are missing near Starbuck, and a rancher suspects thieves are at work.

STARBUCK -- Rancher Gary Fletcher of Starbuck suspects rustlers made off with 19 head of Holstein steers sometime between Tuesday evening and noon Wednesday."We've looked for two days and haven't seen hide nor hair of them," Fletcher said this morning.The

ROCK DOC - Double your fuel economy? Fuel cells hold the key

What scientists call the "First Law" tells us that energy in our daily lives is neither created nor destroyed -- only transformed. It's the chemical energy bound up in natural gas and oxygen that makes heat in your furnace, or electrical energy in my toas

St. Mary Medical Center on state's safest hospital list

Providence St. Mary Medical Center was the only hospital east of the Cascades to make the grade.

Seattle's Virginia Mason Medical Center is the safest hospital in Washington, according to a recent study done by Niagara Health Quality Coalition of New York for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper.And, data showed, Providence St. Mary Medical Cente

Eagle Meadows hosts annual Spring Fashion Show

COLLEGE PLACE -- Cheerful orange, pink, blue and yellow brightened the dining hall of Eagle Meadows on Thursday afternoon as residents and staff of local assisted living facilities modeled in the third annual Spring Fashion Show.The show sponsored by Macy

Those adopted from outside US should be citizens

Yet, those adopted prior to 2000 are not automatically citizens. A change in the law is needed.

When a child from a foreign country is adopted by U.S. citizens, that child is automatically a U.S. citizen, right?Most of us would say yes. And most of us would be wrong.Unfortunately, Tara Ammons Cohen found this out the hard way.

Bank robber gets high end of prison term

Gabriel Cantu Leija pleaded for leniency, but received a 41/2-year sentence for a December robbery.

WALLA WALLA ¬?-- Despite pleas for leniency, a local man was given a stiffer than expected sentence Thursday for a bank robbery last year.Gabriel Cantu Leija, 34, of 613 Fern Ave., was sentenced to 41/2 years in prison for holding up the Eastgate bran

Weather affects Whitman games

WALLA WALLA — With the weather forecast calling for a near 100 percent chance of rain this afternoon, the scheduled start of Friday's baseball doubleheader between Whitman College and Pacific Lutheran has been moved up one hour to 11 a.m.

Weston-McEwen rallies past Enterprise

ATHENA — The Weston-McEwen TigerScots came out ahead despite trailing for most of the game in a non-league matchup with Enterprise here Thursday.Both teams scored early, with Enterprise leading 2-1 by the end of the second inning. After five non-scoring i

Errors costly as Wa-Hi falls to Davis

YAKIMA — Wa-Hi lost a non-conference baseball game with Davis here Thursday afternoon, as mental errors cost the Blue Devils six runs in the third inning to lose to the Pirates 6-2.'We were up 1-0 going into the third, but a couple of errors — mental err

Area hoops players named to All-State teams

Wa-Hi's Gary Winston and Jamie Weisner and DeSales' Caitlin Duncan earn all-state honors.

SEATTLE (AP) — Burly Kentwood center Joshua Smith and shifty Auburn Riverside guard Mercedes Wetmore were named the 2010 Associated Press Washington prep basketball players of the year Thursday.The winners are chosen by sports editors and writers around t

Timberwolves prove too much for Wolves

Blue Mountain follows an opening 10-2 softball win by rallying past WWU in the nightcap, 3-2.

COLLEGE PLACE — After committing four errors and watching Blue Mountain Community College launch three long-balls in a 10-2 Timberwolves win, Walla Walla University bounced back to take a 2-1 lead to the seventh of the nightcap.But Blue Mountain scored tw

Revised map keeps cyclists on track

A new map of bike routes around the Valley is available for free.

WALLA WALLA -- Cyclists in the Walla Walla Valley have a new resource to find routes based on elevation and length of the ride.

Thursday, April 1

Women's suffrage exhibit at Kirkman House

The Catharine Paine Blaine at Kirkman House Museum will be up for one more month.

Suncatcher Studio's featured artists Spangrude, King in April

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Artists for the month of April at Suncatcher Studio & Fine Crafts, 508 N. Main St., are Cassie Spangrude, painter, and Peter King, photographer.

Colter to be portrayed at Fort Walla Walla Museum

Mountain man John Colter will be portrayed in the first Living History performance of the season at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

'Wintertime' a full-force farce

If you've had to sit through too many gloomy modern plays lately and you are in need of a sunny romance story to warm up your funny bone, "Wintertime" will shower you with 21/2 hours of nonstop laughter, Whitman College Director Jessica Cerullo said.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Colonoscopies are wise, but beware of fees

Dr. Harald Schoeppner's March 18 article (Demystifying a procedure that's the butt of jokes) about what you can expect from a colonoscopy was clearly worth saving. For one thing I learned "there are no nerves present in the colon that transmit pain sensat

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Abortion needs to stop now

Some people think there are too many people in the world. That babies, and kids like me, take up too much air and eat too much food. So they call for abortion where they kill their babies.


With his girlfriend Becky Bunker riding to his side, Richard Clodius drives his grandfather's old Ford 8N tractor with a spring tooth through a field on the corner of Highway 12 and Gose Road Wednesday evening to blow off some steam. Clodius said his dog was hit and killed earlier in the day so he opted for some quiet time working the earth with his girlfriend before dinner. Rich with history, Clodius said he moved home to help care for his mother and now farms the land that was his grandfather's and the former site of Fausti's Fruit Stand in the 1960s.

Late storm en route

Heavy rain and possibly snow are expected starting Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

WALLA WALLA -- Just when you thought it was safe to start wearing shorts.

Corps plan lays out how to study dam breaching

The document offers details of how the government would carry out a study on the lower Snake River.

WALLA WALLA -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a plan that lays out how a study would be done to breach one or more of the lower Snake River dams.

Do lawmakers have resolve to follow through on education reform?

The plans outlined in the Race to the Top application have some merit, but we are skeptical legislators have the political will to take action.

Washington state's latest education-reform plan is being praised by Gov. Chris Gregoire as a "guarantee that our kids are successful."

Spring Farming Days set for weekend

POMEROY -- Horse sweat and harness creaks will be part of the two-day Spring Farming Days Saturday and Sunday at the Garfield County Fairgrounds.

Pinwheel displays take aim at child abuse

Prevent Child Abuse Oregon is whirling toward answers to the problem of keeping children safe.

Etcetera - 04/01/10

Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club presented Steven Van Ausdle, president of Walla Walla Community College and a longtime Rotarian, with a check for $5,973.53 from its Rotary Endowment Scholarship Fund.

Church takes new tack to pull in men

Stateline Community Church's Easter service includes 'not your grandma's Easter show' as well as an unusual door prize.

MILTON-FREEWATER -- Owen Frost is arming his flock and aiming high to reach the Walla Walla Valley's unchurched men, he said.

Emergency Services - 04/01/10

Information is compiled by the Union-Bulletin staff from the official logs and records of the agencies listed below. Readers with any information on these or other crimes should call the local police or county sheriff's department. By law, victims of crim

Mac-Hi Carnival of Speed arrives in town

Mac-Hi's annual Carnival of Speed expects to have 700 athletes from across the region competing in 34 events Friday.

MILTON-FREEWATER — An influx of athletes from across the Inland Northwest will more than double the high school population here Friday.The annual Mac-Hi Carnival of Speed will have about 700 athletes from 24 schools running in a total of 34 track and fiel

Helix drops tennis match at Umatilla, 5-2

UMATILLA — Helix lost a 5-2 match against Umatilla tennis Wednesday.Helix boys Grant McMurray and Benn Fordice won both their singles matches over their Vikings counterparts, but they were the only winners of the day.

Whitman volleyball program to host 3-day summer camp

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College volleyball program is hosting a three-day summer camp in early June for high school players who will be juniors and seniors in the fall.The camp begins June 4 and runs through July 6.

U-B's Don Davis angles for new role in retirement

WALLA WALLA — Beginning today, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin will never be the same.Unless, that is, Don Davis walks back into the building and says April Fools.Wednesday, according to the announced plan, was Don's last day on the job as a U-B sports wri